Dr. Dismas Mwaseba, a scientist from SUA, attended a two-day Stakeholder Workshop held at Seashells Millennium Hotel in Dar-e-Salaam from 22-23 March, 2018. Most of the participants to the Workshop were drawn from among dairy value chain actors including dairy farmers, milk processors and representatives from the Tanzania Dairy Board. The Workshop was organized by Company Josera, one of the most well-known producer of quality animal feed supplements in Germany and AFOS (the Foundation for Entrepreneurial-oriented Development Cooperation) also based in Germany. Among others, the Workshop sought (i) to identify the specific needs/challenges of each stakeholder in the dairy sector and (ii) to discuss the project proposal developed by Josera and AFOS focusing on linking the international renowned solution-providing organizations/institutions and the stakeholders.

During the Workshop Dr. Mwaseba gave a presentation on on-going work on Brachiaria technology introduced by InnovAfrica project in Rungwe project site. The intention was to create awareness about the project and share preliminary results from it. His presentation generated a lot of interest from among the participants and some of them sought to be linked to InnovAfrica project. One dairy farmer in Iringa requested some seeds to try out the technology and another one representing Tanga Fresh Milk Processing Factory requested seeds to test the same in her area. InnovAfrica will follow up and help these farmers outside the project to further disseminate Brachiaria technology.

Brachiaria field trials at Ilenge Ward Resource Centre in Rungwe District, Tanzania