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SUA Initiates Training on Agribusiness for Self-employment of Youths in Dodoma

1. Introduction

In an effort to strengthen the outreaching to majority of communities in Tanzania, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) is initiating trainings on horticulture and poultry agri-businesses for self-employment of youths in Dodoma Region. Besides the leadership role of SUA in these forthcoming youths incubation trainings, the short courses involve Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as funding partner supporting the project. As part of this training, a team of SUA staff comprising the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) as coordinating organization together with horticulture and poultry experts recently conducted a preparatory visit in Dodoma.  The visit was conducted from 6th-8th April 2020 at Bihawana Farmers Training Centre (BFTC) where the two core trainings on horticulture and poultry will be conducted with agri-business and entrepreneurship included as a cross-cutting key components.

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Photo 1: Bihawana Farmers Training Centre (BFTC) administration office in Dodoma

Sokoine University of Agriculture and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) youth incubation trainings were originally planned to begin in March 2020. The timing of the trainings was delayed amid the emergence of pandemic COVID-19 disease and will now start in the mid of September 2020. A total of 200 youths from Dodoma are expected to benefit from this initiative. Various categories of youth will be involved including:

  • Unemployed formally-educated and formally-uneducated youths residing in villages
  • Youths farmers from poor and disadvantaged groups
  • Vulnerable youths, men and women
  • Youths graduates aspiring to join agricultural sector

This collaborative SUA and FAO training project will mainly be practical to provide the much needed hands on skills for self-employment of the selected youths. Hence, the training will constitute 80% practical sessions and 20% theory. Bihawana Farmers Training Centre (BFTC) was strategically selected considering proximity of residences where participants of the course will originate. During the preliminary visit, the SUA team conducted a quick assessment of the training facilities that will support intended capacity building activities. 

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Photo  2: SUA team led by the Director ICE, Prof. Mwaseba (R) and then Principal of BFTC Ms Cecilia Kiondo (C) carefully observing social distance while posing for a group photo

 

Expected outputs of the training are as follows:

  1. Hands on practical skills on horticulture and poultry and agri-business knowledge to 200 youth enhanced
  2. Business model developed and at least 200 trainees linked with potential stakeholders
  3. Starter kits for 85 youth in horticulture and 30 youth in poultry provided
  4. Training database to facilitate monitoring and coaching developed

The preparatory visit was conducted consistent with Guideline No.5 of Undertaking Outreach Activities at SUA (Provision of Short Courses). According to this guideline, “course designing should include preparation of manuals for participants, materials and demonstrations depending on the nature of the training”. Apart from this visit, manuals for undertaking the three courses have been developed by SUA experts in collaboration with the ICE.

2. Facilities for Supporting the Incubation Training

Bihawana Farmers Training Centre is currently having two classrooms each having a capacity to accommodate 25-30 training participants.

2.1. Facilities for horticultural training

Water: Is plenty and can be distributed to different working sites using horse pipe

Propagation structures: There are tunnels that will be used for propagation at times of rainfall. Sufficient trees shade is available working out door when it is not raining. Plots for open field practical sessions are also available.

Materials: Containers/Polybags, Grafting / budding Knives, Tying strips sheet:

These will be acquired in Morogoro or Dodoma.

 

Plant materials for practicing propagation:

Seeds: For root stock establishment exercise (mango, avocado and rough lemon seeds) will be acquired in Morogoro

Rootstock for grafting and budding: These materials will be acquired in Morogoro as experience showed that most of the grafted/ budded fruit seedling is sourced from Morogoro.

Scions/Bud wood: These will be collected from SUA, Morogoro. However, orchard available in Dodoma will used to provide practical on scion selection and collection.

Screen houses: There are three screen houses 15m x 8m constructed with FAO financial support that are available for providing hands on skills on horticulture.

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 Photo  3: SUA team visiting areas where screen houses are located at Bihawana Farmers Trainig Centre

 2.2. Facilities for Poultry Training

Bihawana FTC has available structures that can be adapted for use in raising poultry as part of the training. Besides, a nearby poultry keeper who is a teacher at Bihawana Secondary School has offered to allow her chicken facilities to be used for practical sessions of the youth incubation training. 

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 Photo  4: One of the chicken house at Bihawana Secondary School near Bihawana Farmers Training Centre

2.3. Accommodation Facility for Trainees

Bihawana Farmer Training Centre has two Hostels having a total of 12 rooms with capacity to accommodate 40-42 trainees. The facility has been renovated with support of FAO to provide accommodation for youth attending the trainings.

2.4. Meals for Trainees

A package of meals covering breakfast, midmorning tea/coffee, lunch and dinner is offered at BFTC

 3. Training Sessions

Considering the capacity of hostel and the need for effective training, each training batch will constitute at most 30 participants. This means seven rounds of trainees each conducted for one week are needed to achieve an output of training 200 participants for seven weeks. Horticultural training will constitute four batches for making maximum use of installed training infrastructure whereas poultry training will comprise three batches. Horticulture and poultry trainings will alternate each other whereas the agri-business and entrepreneurship training will be conducted throughout seven weeks.

4. Enhancing Impact of the Training

Selection criteria of trainees have been carefully developed to ensure that expected impacts of the training are realized. Furthermore, the concept of a farmer group will be flexibly applied depending on reality on the ground. In one situation, a group could mean joint business venture, whereas in another situation a group of youth can be thought of close collaboration while each beneficiary undertakes own business.

5. Conclusions

The visit at BFTC has been insightful in anticipating how to organize and conduct the youth incubation training. It has provided an idea of maximum number of trainee (30 participants) per batch that can be invited for the training. Understanding of how to organize both theory and practical session has also been made clear. Overall, the visit has provided an example of how to operationalize the Guideline for Undertaking Outreach Activities at SUA, in particular, Guideline No 5. on “Provision of Short Courses”.

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Jubilant SUA Exhibitors Celebrate Victories in Simiyu and Morogoro Agricultural Shows

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) has participated in 2020 agricultural shows (Nanenane) at national level in Simiyu and at eastern zone in Morogoro. At national level, the event was officially opened by H.E. Samia Hassan Suluhu, the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania on 1st August 2020 at Nyakabindi Nanenane grounds in Simiyu and officially closed on 8th August 2020 by Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa, the Prime Minister of United Republic of Tanzania (MP). At eastern zone, the opening ceremony was officiated by Hon. Prof. Paramagamba Kabudi, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation (MP) whereas the official closing ceremony was done by Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MP).

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Photo1: Prof. Raphael Chibunda, the SUA Vice Chancellor (front row, left) generously sharing a won trophy to representatives of SUA exhibitors in Simiyu few seconds after receiving the award from Hon. Japhet Hasunga (MP), the Minister for Agriculture

 

 

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Photo2: Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MP) (center) presenting a certificate award to Prof. Maulid Mwatawala (left), the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), SUA

Overall, SUA won three awards; a trophy and a certificate for first winner in the category of Colleges and Universities at national level exhibitions in Simiyu whereas SUA won a certificate for the third winner in the public organizations category at eastern zone shows in Morogoro.

 

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Photos 3 &4: Jubilant SUA exhibitors posing for group photos and jointly lifting a won trophy in 2020 agricultural shows in Simiyu, Tanzania

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Photos 5SUA exhibitor, Prof. Kazwala (left) keenly explaining displays to Hon. Anthony Mtaka (third, right), the Regional Commissioner, Simiyu Region and Miriam Mbaga (second, right), the Regional Administrative Secretary in the region, during 2020 national agricultural shows in Simiyu

Sokoine University of Agriculture displayed courses offered at the University Campuses in Morogoro and Mizengo Pinda Campus in Katavi, and exhibited various research outputs. Technologies and innovations displayed were soil testing techniques such as the use of mobile soil testing laboratory, detection of landmines and tuberculosis using Hero Rats, control of pests using various techniques including mechanical means such as Barrier Trap System in maize fields, and biological control of pests including an amazing use of owl birds. Other displays were livestock feeds, production and preservation of pasture, mobile phone Afya Data technology for reporting and diagnosis of livestock and zoonotic diseases, vaccination of dogs against rabies, preservation of animal vaccines in areas lacking electricity and research on zoonotic diseases transmitted by non-human primates such as baboons, and bats and rats. Other displays were crop demonstrations, including organic farming, tree harvesting technology, beehives and bee products and affordable houses. Other exhibits were dairy cattle, production of pigs and rabbits, fish farming and systems for production of local chickens. Other displays included farm implements, digital irrigation techniques using mobile phone, processed food materials, ICT technologies used at SUA, timber rush research outputs, RIPPAT SUA/RECODA extension approach, wildlife prototypes, weather forecast station, production of soaps and sanitizers. Other displays were printed materials on various topics including books, posters and brochures.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the University Management for supporting participation of SUA in both national and eastern zone agricultural shows. Thanks go to all exhibitors including Colleges, Directorates, Centers, Schools, Departments, Units, Programmes and Research Projects for contributing to the successes.

 

Congratulations and Cheers to SUA Community!!!!

From the office of the Director,

Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Tangazo: Mafunzo ya Muda Mfupi, SUA/ Announcement: Short Courses at SUA, 2020

(KWA WATUMIAJI WA KISWAHILI)

Chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine cha Kilimo (SUA) kupitia Taasisi ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza (ICE) kinatangaza Mafunzo ya Muda Mfupi yatakayotolewa hivi karibuni:

Jedwali Mafunzo ya Muda Mfupi 2020 Mpya 2

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(FOR ENGLISH READERS)

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) through the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) hereby announces short courses to be offered soon:

Table short courses 2020 revised

Click here to download an application form 

 

Pakua hapa tangazo la kozi (Click here to download the announcement)

Systematizing the undertaking of outreach activities at SUA

Introduction

Outreach is one of the core functions of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) along with training, research and delivery of services.  The vitality of outreach mandate of SUA is demonstrated by existence of the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) that was established by the Government Notice No. 25 of 1988 to serve as an outreach arm of the University. Article 21 of the University Charter, 2007, which is an institutional legal document that establishes and defines the governance of the University, further declares the ICE among other units charged with the role of coordinating the undertaking of outreach activities at SUA.

 

 Photo showing viewers at an outreach activity conducted at Sokoine University of Agriculture

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Fish Farming Training Crystallizes at SUA

Introduction

Undertaking of short course on fish farming has gradually evolved overtime at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). Initially, the training focused on imparting knowledge and skills on tilapia fish farming but was later expanded to include catfish farming. Recently, the training has progressed to impart knowledge and skills not only on fish farming perse but also covering production of fish fingerlings for ensuring availability of good quality farm fish.

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Photo 1: Participants of the short course on ‘Catfish Farming and Production of Catfish Fingerlings’ posing for a group photo at the closing ceremony held at ICE with the Guest of Honour- Prof. Sebastian Chenyambuga- the Head of DAARS (6th from left, second row), along with Dr. Hieromin Lamtane (4th from left, second row) of DAARS- the anchor trainer of the short course.

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SUA yaimarisha Mafunzo ya Ufugaji wa Samaki aina ya Sato na Kambare

Taasisi ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza (ICE) kwa kushirikiana na Idara ya Sayansi ya Wanyama, Viumbehai Majini na Nyanda za Malisho (DAARS), Chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine cha Kilimo (SUA) iliendesha mafunzo ya aina mbalimbali ya ufugaji wa samaki kwa wajasiriamali, wafugaji na wataalam wa samaki katika kipindi cha mwaka 2019. Mafunzo hayo yaliyofanyika mara nne yalihusu ufugaji wa samaki aina ya sato, samaki aina ya kambare na uzalishaji wa vifaranga vya samaki aina ya kambare[1].

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Picha: Washiriki wakifuatilia kwa makini mojawapo ya mafunzo ya ufugaji wa samaki yaliyofanyika ICE, SUA

Katika kipindi hicho, mafunzo ya ufugaji wa samaki aina ya sato yalifanyika mara mbili katika Taasisi ya ICE, SUA. Ya kwanza yalifanyika tarehe 06-09 Mei 2019 na ya mara ya pili yalifanyika tarehe 07-10 Octoba 2019. Mafunzo mengine ya ufugaji wa samaki yalifanyika kuanzia tarehe 30 Septemba hadi tarehe 05 Octoba 2019 katika Chuo Kikuu cha Dodoma (UDOM), Dodoma Tanzania. Mafunzo haya yalifanyika kwa ushirikiano kati ya SUA, UDOM na kampuni ya Mongolo Agri-Enterprises iliyoko Dodoma. Mafunzo haya yalihusu uzalishaji wa vifaranga vya samaki aina ya Kambare. Mafunzo ya mara ya nne yalifanyika tarehe 16-20/12/2019 na yalifanyika ICE, SUA. Mafunzo haya yalihusu ufugaji wa samaki aina ya Kambare na uzalishaji wa vifaranga vyake (mbegu).

Baadhi ya washiriki wa mafunzo ya uzalishaji wa kambare yaliyofanyika Dodoma yalihusisha wajasiriamali (wamiliki wa Mongolo Agri-Enterprises) waliohudhuria mafunzo ya awali ya ufugaji wa samaki aina ya sato yaliyofanyika ICE, SUA mwezi mei 2019. Wamiliki hawa wa kampuni tayari wameanzisha shamba la ufugaji wa samaki aina ya sato wilayani Chamwino, Dodoma. Aidha, hivi karibuni wameanza ufugaji wa samaki aina ya kambare, mara tu baada ya kushiriki mafunzo husika. Vilevile, baadhi ya washiriki wa mafunzo ya ufugaji wa kambare na uzalishaji wa vifaranga vya kambare, ambao ni wajasiriamali wadogo kutoka Kibaha, wameboresha shughuli zao za uzalishaji wa vifaranga vya samaki aina ya kambare.

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[1] Kuhusu Kambare: Kadiri ya Kamusi ya Kiswahili-Kiingereza ya Taasisi ya Utafiti wa Kiswahili ya Chuo Kikuu cha Dar es Salaam (TUKI) inayopatikana kwenye mtandao www.elimuyetu.co.tz/ samaki aina ya Kambare anaitwa catfish kwa Kiingereza. Ifahamike kuwa Kiswahili sanifu cha samaki huyu ni Kambare na siyo Kambale kama ilivyozoeleka kwa baadhi ya watumiaji wa Kiswahili.

Streamlining Training on Fish Farming at Sokoine University of Agriculture

Hardly a week had elapsed after concluding offering a short course on production of catfish fingering in Dodoma, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) swiftly embarked on conducting a subsequent four-day training on tilapia fish farming. This latest training was conducted at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), SUA, Morogoro from 7th to 10th October 2019. The course attracted about 30 self-sponsored participants (including five females) coming from Mwanza, Tabora, Dar es Salaam, Iringa, Tanga, Pwani, and Morogoro.

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Photo 1: Participants of short course on fish farming posing for a group photo with anchor trainer and Head of DAARS Prof. Sebastian Chenyambuga (5th from right). Photo by SUAMEDIA

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Emerging and Exciting Outcomes of Fish Farming Training at Sokoine University of Agriculture

As a strategy for increasing outcomes and sustaining provision of short courses, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) is expanding collaboration with other stakeholders in offering training on fish farming. This has been the case for recent initiative in which SUA in collaboration with University of Dodoma (UDOM), Aquaculture Association of Tanzania (AAT) and Mongola Agri-Enterprises conducted a one week training workshop on “production of catfish fingerings” (translated in Kiswahili as “Uzalishaji wa vifaranga vya samaki aina ya kambale”).

The training, which aimed at providing knowledge and skills for production of catfish fingerings, was conducted from 30th September to 5th October 2019. Two participants of this training had previously attended a short course on tilapia fish farming which was conducted by Department of Animal, Aquaculture and Range Sciences (DAARS) in collaboration with Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), SUA from 6th to 9th May 2019. They attended this latest training for acquiring knowledge and skills for expanding their agri-business projects which they have established to include not only farming of tilapia fish but also catfish.

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Photo 1: Participants of the training on catfish fingerings production posing for a group photo with the guest of honor at the closing ceremony, Dr. Josephat Peter Kirigiti (Centre, in blue suit), the Deputy Principal College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at UDOM.

 

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Sharing Excitement and Challenges of Research Feedback on Decentralized Forest Management in Babati District, Tanzania

Communicating research findings to communities and other stakeholders where research has been successfully completed is a vital an outreach activity. Towards the end of October 2019, feedback activities on research work titled “A novel theory for clarifying successes of decentralized forest management (DFM): Institutional dynamics and performance in Babati District, Tanzania” were undertaken in four villages including Ayasanda, Endanachan , Haraa and Boay, and at Babati District level. The research feedback project was supported by Ford Foundation- the United States of America based organization.

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Photo 1: Feedback meeting at Haraa village, Babati District, Tanzania (Near Bereku Forest Reserve)

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Sokoine University of Agriculture Shines at the 2019 Simiyu Nanenane Exhibitions

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) has been awarded a certificate and a trophy after emerging the second best winner in the category of High Learning Institutions and Vocation Training at the national level Nanenane Exhibitions held in Bariadi, Simiyu from 1st to 8th August, 2019.

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SUA exhibitors happily holding awards at the climax of the 2019 Nanenane Exhibitions held recently in Simiyu

Various categories of SUA displays impressed at the Nanenane Exhibitions.These categories include processed food, leather goods, Hero Rats for detection of land mines and TB, mobile soil testing kit, plant propagation materials including tissue cultured banana, tree seedlings, timber and non-timber products. Other displays were processing of animal feeds, raising of local chickens, afya data device for identification of zoonotic diseases, diagnosis of animal and fish diseases, their treatments and management, techniques of fighting against elephant poaching, cat urine products for rodent control, mkulima collection and admission information and services for SUA prospective students.

 

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Communicating SUA Successes in Conducting Short Course on Fish Farming

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) has successfully conducted a short course on fish farming to agricultural entrepreneurs. The training, which involved 33 self-sponsored participants including six females, was conducted from 6th to 9th May 2019 at SUA. Twelve (12) participants came from Morogoro; Nine (9) participants from Dar es Salaam and three (3) participants from Mwanza. Three regions of Dodoma, Manyara and Arusha each had two participants whereas one participant each came from Iringa, Pwani and Singida. The training constituted theory, which was delivered at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) Conference Hall and practical, which was conducted at Magadu Farm. 

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Participants of the short course on fish farming following attentively a training session at ICE (Photo by SUAMEDIA)

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TANGAZO LA MAFUNZO YA MUDA MFUPI YA UFUGAJI WA SAMAKI

Chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine cha Kilimo (SUA) kupitia Taasisi ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza (ICE) na Idara ya Sayansi za wanyama, ufugaji wa viumbe majini na nyanda zamalisho kimeandaa mafunzo ya ufugaji wa samaki yatakayofanyika mwezi wa tano, 2019.

Tarehe ya mafunzo : 06/05/2019 hadi tarehe 09/05/2019 kuanzia saa mbili asubuhi hadi alasiri.

Mahali: Ukumbi wa Taasisi wa Elimu ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza (ICE) uliopo kampasi kuu ya SUA.

Malengo ya mafunzo :Baada ya kumaliza mafunzo mshiriki ;

  • Ataelewa dhana ya ufugaji bora wa samaki
  • Atapata elimu na ujuzi wa ufugaji mseto wa samaki
  • Atapata elimu na ujuzi wa jinsi ya kujenga bwawa la samaki, na jinsi ya kurutubisha bwawa
  • Ataelewa jinsi ya kusafirisha na kupandikiza samaki kwenye bwawa
  • Atapata ujuzi wa kutengeneza chakula cha samaki na kuwalisha samaki
  • Atapata elimu na ujuzi wa kuvua samaki kwenye bwawa
  • Atapata elimu ya kutunza kumbukumbu na umuhimu wake

Aina ya Mafunzo: Mafunzo yatafanyika kwa nadharia na vitendo

Walengwa: Mtu yeyote mwenye nia ya kufuga samaki na aliyeanza kufuga ili kupata mbinu zaidi

Ada ya ushiriki:Hakuna ada ya mafunzo. Mshiriki atajigharamia gharama zote za kujikimu wakati wamafunzo ikiwemo usafiri, malazi, chakula, na kununua kitini cha mafunzo, n.k.

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Vyeti vya kuhitimu:  Mwisho wa mafunzo, mshiriki atatunukiwa cheti cha kushiriki mafunzo

Jinsi ya kuomba: Mwombaji atajaza fomu iliyoambatanishwa hapa chini au anaweza kufika katika ofisi ya Taasisi ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza (ICE).

Kwa watakao hitaji huduma ya Hostel inapatikana ICE, SUA kwa bei nafuu.

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GRADUATE TRAINING FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND JOBS CREATION 

SHORT COURSE ON HORTICULTURAL PLANT PROPAGATION

INFORMATION BRIEF

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) will offer a short course on horticulture because of its huge potential for wealth and job creation across many areas in Tanzania. Horticultural business has therefore the potential of positive impact on the socio economic wellbeing of millions of farm families and young men and women who graduate annually from Universities and other higher educational institutions in Tanzania. This training program is intended to give the required knowledge and skills in developing a profitable horticultural enterprise for self-employment of university graduates.

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 BACKGROUND

Labour force in Tanzania is growing at around 2.3 percent per annum, with new entrants to the labour market estimated at 800,000 to 1,000,000 per year.  Horticulture is one of the fast growing agribusiness subsector with a huge potential for self-employment and job creation.

The foreign exchange generated by the horticulture industry has steadily increased from USD 46.7 per annum in 2006.07 to USD 112.7 million in 2008/09 and USD 127.7 million in 2010/2011.

University graduates have the opportunity to be part of this exciting growth and prosperity and exploit the growing demand of high quality horticultural plant propagation materials and produce.

COURSE OBJECTIVE

The main objective is to develop skilled and competitive graduate workforce capable of effectively fostering Productive Jobs for inclusive and sustainable socio-economic growth through transformation of Agriculture, Agri-Business and Agro-Processing in Tanzania

PROGRAMME OUTPUTS

Competencies of 90 university graduates in horticultural crop propagation techniques improved in one year

COURSE DURATION

This course module will take two weeks. This module will cover horticultural plant propagation techniques and nursery management. It will be followed by a module on effective horticulture crop production under indoor and open field conditions. The current course will be conducted from 13th—26th May, 2019.

TRAINING APPROACH

The trainings will focus on imparting practical skills in horticulture crops propagation techniques. Propagation will cover vegetable seedlings production and grafting and budding for fruit crops. The crops will include (but not limited to) tomato, cucumber and sweet pepper (vegetables) and citrus, avocado and mango (fruit crops)

The training will use experiential, interactive and adult learning techniques including study visits to selected horticultural enterprises. Experienced horticulture entrepreneurs and experienced stakeholders will be invited to deliver motivational talks and share their practical experiences

ELIGIBILITY

The courses will be delivered to graduates with interest in Horticulture as their carrier business. Applicants will be required to submit a one page motivation letter and  fill application form. Applicants must be ready to meet the cost of their meals, accommodation and travel. Each course slot will train 30 youths. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Completion of this short course will set you on the path of establishing and running a successful horticultural fruit and vegetable nursery business

Send applications by 09/05/ 2019 to:

Project Manager,
Skills Development Project
P.O. Box 3005, Chuo Kikuu
Morogoro, Tanzania
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Exciting interaction between local communities, livestock and wildlife in Ngorongoro conservation area in Tanzania

Who said human beings are not animals? From classification biology of living things, we learn that human beings belong to animal kingdom. Please wait! This article is not about biology; rather it is about exciting and innovative interaction between human beings, livestock and wildlife in Ngorongoro conservation area (NCA). The interaction goes beyond conventional thinking about conservation of natural resources. This article was inspired by the visit of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in September 2018 at Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), which aimed at strengthening collaboration among the two organizations on outreach activities. The university was represented by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and Southern African Centre for Infectious Diseases Surveillance (SACIDS).

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A photo showing maasai houses in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Conventionally, ideas and practices about conservation of wildlife have centered on separating wildlife from human beings. Yet, we understand from traditional life (prior the western ideas of fines and fencing), the separation of human beings from wildlife resources was not common. For example, traditional management and uses allowed the interaction of hunters and gatherers with natural resources including wildlife.

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The Ngorongoro Conservation Areas (NCA) provides an example where external ideas are adapted instead of being adopted as blue prints. Such adaptation respects and embraces multiple interests of local communities including livelihood practices of livestock keepers and conservation at the same time, rather than advocating external perspectives and practices alone, which may not suit social-cultural local context. Combination of multiple uses in NCA is an innovative and middle ground practice that needs sustaining and applied in other similar situations for the benefit of local communities and conservation of wildlife resources.

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A photo showing maasai children during break time around 10.00 EAT at a primary school located within the surroundings of NCAA Head Quarters (All photos in this article by Dr. Innocent Babili, September 2018)

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Dr. Innocent H. Babili, Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) - SUA.
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Highlighting the Training for Fish Farming entrepreneurs at Sokoine University of Agriculture

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) has successfully conducted a short course for fish farming entrepreneurs drawn. The training was conducted from 2nd to 5th May, 2018 and involved 30 participants including five female. Participants from Morogoro were 22 while participants from Mwanza were three. Kigoma, Dodoma, Mara, Arusha and Kilimanjaro each had one participant. The training used theoretical orientation that was conducted at the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) Conference Hall and practical, which was conducted at Magadu Farm. 

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SUA yampongeza mwandishi wa habari wa SUAMEDIA kwa kupata tuzo

Chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine cha Kilimo SUA kupitia Taasisi ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza ICE kimepongeza mwandishi wa habari wa SUAMEDIA Bw. Calvin Edward Gwabara kwa kuibuka kidedea katika Tuzo ya Mwandishi bora wa habari za Kilimo na Uchumi Kilimo kwa upande wa Radio, tuzo zilizoandaliwa na Baraza la Habari Tanzania MCT 2017.

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Mwandishi wa SUAMEDIA Calvin Gwabara aibuka mshindi wa Tuzo ya Mwandishi bora wa habari za Kilimo na Uchumi Kilimo

Mwandishi wa SUAMEDIA Calvin Edward Gwabara ameibuka mshindi wa Tuzo ya Mwandishi bora wa habari za Kilimo na Uchumi Kilimo kwa upande wa Radio katika tuzo zilizoandaliwa na Baraza la Habari Tanzania MCT 2017. Mwandishi huyo Mwandamizi katika habari za Kilimo amepata Tuzo, Cheti na Zawadi ya fedha, kama mshindi wa Kwanza katika kipengele hicho. Katika tuzo hizo zaidi ya waandishi wa habari 470 kutoka vyombo tofautitofauti vya habari nchini walishiriki na baadae kuchujwa na kubakia 47 ambao waliingia kwenye fainali za kuwania tuzo hizo katika vipengele mbalimbali.
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Chuo Kikuu cha Sokoine cha Kilimo (SUA) kuimarisha matumizi ya SUAMEDIA ili kuchochea maendeleo ya kilimo na ufugaji nchini

Katika kuhakikisha Elimu itolewayo na SUA inawafikia wadau wengi hasa wakulima na wafugaji, Taasisi ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza (ICE) inaendelea kujiimarisha katika kutoa huduma bora za ugani kupitia vipindi vya SUATV na SUAFM Radio.

Akizungumza katika kikao cha kamati ya ugani ya SUA (SUA Outreach Committee), Kaimu Mkurugenzi, Taasisi ya Elimu ya Kujiendeleza (Institute of Continuing Education- ICE) Dr. Innocent H. Babili alisema Chuo kinakamilisha utaratibu wa kurusha vipindi vya SUATV kupitia ving’amuzi vingi zaidi ili kuwafikia wadau wengi na hivyo SUA kuchangia katika kuboresha mbinu na kuongeza uzalishaji na tija katika kilimo na ufugaji.

Aidha kitengo cha SUAMEDIA, ambacho ni sehemu ya ICE, kimeanza kupanua huduma zake kwa kushirikiana na wadau wengine hususani radio Clouds FM na TBC FM ambazo zimekuwa zikirusha vipindi vya SUAMEDIA kwa lengo la kukitangaza Chuo na shughuli zake nchini.

Katika kuhakikisha kuwa SUAMEDIA inakuwa na vipindi vingi vya kitaaluma na vyenye ushawishi wa mabadiliko ya teknolojia kwa wakulima na wafugaji, Kamati ya ugani ya SUA imewataka watafiti na wakuu wa ndaki, shule kuu, taasisi, vituo, idara na vitengo mbalimbali kushirikiana kwa karibu na SUAMEDIA katika kutengeneza vipindi ambavyo vitarushwa kupitia SUA TV  na  SUA FM.

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Katibu mkuu wizara ya elimu sayansi na teknolojia apongeza jitihada zinazofanywa na SUA

Katibu mkuu wizara ya elimu sayansi na teknolojia Dr. Leonard Akwilapo amepongeza jitihada zinazofanywa na Uongozi wa Chuo kikuu cha sokoine cha Kilimo SUA kwa kushirikiana na serikali katika kuboresha miondombinu chuoni hapo.

Katibu mkuu huyo ameyesema hayo wakati akikagua jingo jipya la kulia chakula wananfunzi na wafanyakazi wa chuo linalojengwa kwa fedha za serikali kupitia wizara hiyo  pamoja na miundombinu ya umwagiliaji inayojengwa kwaajili ya kuwezesha upatikanaji wa maji ya kumwagilia bustani na mashamba ya chuo kama sehemu ya kufundishia wanafunzi na wakulima nchini.

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Partnership between Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and China Agricultural University (CAU) in the making

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and China Agricultural University (CAU) held a meeting at SUA main campus, Morogoro, Tanzania on 21st December 2017 during a visit of the CAU from Beijing China. The meeting aimed at identifying areas of collaboration between the two universities for increasing academic excellence of these institutions and enhancing agricultural development in Tanzania The meeting aimed at identifying areas of collaboration between the two universities for increasing academic excellence of these institutions and enhancing agricultural development in Tanzania.

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Sokoine University of Agriculture Conquers 2017 Agricultural Shows

The Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) participated in the annual Eastern Zone Agricultural (Nanenane) shows, which was officially opened by Hon. Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism (MP), on 1st of August 2017, and officially closed on 8th August 2017 by the Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender Elderly and Children, Hon. Dr. Hamisi Kigwangala (MP).

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