Tanzania has started its strategy to produce large quantity of sunflowers to tackle insufficient edible oil as well as decreasing sunflower seeds imports. The fulfillment will take five years, from 2020 to 2025.
Organized by Tari (Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute), the aim is to raise 2 million tons of sunflower seeds and no less than 700,000 tons of edible oil.
Institute's national coordinator for sunflower research, Frank Reuben, said an outline has been made for producing 45 tons of seeds, which will be sent over to various companies. Among others, companies including Agriculture Seed Agency (ASA), Agri-Seed Technologies, Lima Africa, and Agricpays Tanzania Ltd will collaborate with Tari, he added. Furthermore, he also declared these firms will produce at least 4,500 tons of sunflower grains, which have to get the approval seal from TOSCI, Tanzania Official Seeds Certification Institute.
There’s also a foolproof plan to produce high-quality hybrid seeds, he concluded.