The government will build three large grape juice collection centers

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The planned project to be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture aims to help grape growers in the region deter themselves from the long-standing challenge of unreliable market access for their produce.

Anthony Mavunde, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, informed this publication during an interview that through the centers, farmers will be helped to process their raw grapes into bulk juice.

“The bulk juice to be processed by each farmer will be professionally measured and stored while awaiting customers,” he said.

He detailed that the line ministry decided to propose the project after realizing that most grape growers were not benefiting effectively from their farm operations due to the lack of reliable markets for their produce, the disheartening move that has often seen many rotting grapes in plantations.

He observed, however, that a huge percentage of wine processing factories inside and outside the country currently prefer to buy grape juice in bulk and not raw grapes, a development that requires further efforts to enable the farmers involved to cope with a tide of over-processing underway in the vital economic sector.

“In collaboration with the centers, we also have plans to educate farmers on how to grow grapes by adopting recommended agronomic practices as well as applying appropriate inputs,” he detailed.

He added that the line ministry was collaborating with the Makutupora center of the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) in Dodoma to carry out various useful initiatives to help improve the performance of local grape growers in several areas related to the cultivation of prestigious crops. of economic rent. such as on the processing and packaging sides.

As part of further efforts to improve the performance of the grape and wine sector, the Official Seed Certification Institute of Tanzania (TOSCI) recently conducted characterization of vine lines at the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute ( TARI- Makutupora Centre) which are being released as new varieties. in Tanzania.

The grape varieties in question include three table grape varieties (Black Rose, Alphonce Lavallée and Reine des vignes), wine grape varieties (Syrah) and wine grape varieties (Rubis sans pépins).

Matengia Swai, TOSCI’s acting director of research and promotion, said the exercise was based on the distinctiveness, uniformity and stability (DUS) tests of the five vine lines.

“Primarily, the characterization exercise is conducted at each stage of crop development, from bud break to berry ripening for all vines,” she said.

Matengia Swai, TOSCI’s acting director of research and promotion, said the exercise was based on the distinctiveness, uniformity and stability (DUS) tests of the five vine lines.

“Primarily, the characterization exercise is conducted at each stage of crop development, from bud burst to berry ripening for all vines,” she said, noting that this decision had to play a role. key in providing grape growers in the Dodoma region with certified products. varieties, the development that will automatically help increase the production and productivity of the economic cash crop that is thriving well in the Dodoma region.

Swai detailed that at the end of last year, TOSCI developed a special project of seed certification standards for different tree crops with the aim of improving the performance of the agricultural sector, saying that the current exercise in TARI Makutupora vineyard was part of the implementation of the vision. .

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