Policy options for enhancing quality groundnut seed production and delivery systems in Tanzania

Akpo, A and Mwalongo, S and Lukurugu, G A and Daudi, H and Muricho, G and Minja, A and Nzunda, J and Ojiewo, C and Varshney, R K (2021) Policy options for enhancing quality groundnut seed production and delivery systems in Tanzania. [Policy Briefs]

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A stable and well-functioning groundnut seed sector is a major step for farmers to achieve the potential of groundnut productivity and production (Bezkorowajnyj et al., 2007). Availing quality groundnut seed is a key component of the groundnut value chain for farmers in particular (NAP, 2013). Quality seed helps cope with the recent increase in drought due to climate change, market shift, and other biotic and abiotic stresses that groundnut production is facing (Zurich, 2014). To make sure that quality and superior variety seeds are produced, the Tanzanian seed sector operations are guided by policy and regulatory frameworks under the Seeds Acts No 29 of 1973 and the No 18 of 2003. The two Seed Acts detail the roles and responsibilities of each seed actor in making sure that quality seed is produced and made available to farmers across the country. The Tanzanian seed sector has been able to release a total of 17 groundnut varieties since the 1960s, which complement one another through their agronomic, genetic and market attributes (Table 1). The released groundnut varieties can be divided into two categories, namely old varieties and recent varieties. The groundnut varieties released before 2009 have been categorized as old varieties (older than 10 years), while those released in 2009 to date are considered new or recent varieties.

Item Type: Policy Briefs
Divisions: Global Research Program - Accelerated Crop Improvement
Uncontrolled Keywords: Groundnut, Tanzania
Subjects: Others > Tanzania
Mandate crops > Groundnut
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2021 05:57
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2021 05:57
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/11923
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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