Over 70 agricultural extension officers in Tanzania, were trained on cassava seed inspection and certification, to boost the number of experts working with the farmers

The training covered all aspects of crop inspection, including identification of cassava diseases using NURU, the free mobile-app developed by IITA and Penn State University that identifies cassava diseases.

“We are training the extension officers to be able to certify cassava seeds in the cassava growing regions of Tanzania. This will ensure that we have sufficient experts to work with farmers, inspect and certify cassava seeds,” said Juma Yabeja, from IITA and who has been coordinating the training and the quality assurance component of the BEST Cassava project.

The project also seeks to ensure sufficient flow of information between the farmers, certified cassava seed producers, seed inspectors, and other stakeholders, through the use of the Cassava Seed Tracker, a digital, web-based application developed by IITA.

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