Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute – Naliendele Centre (TARI-Naliendele) plans to unlock a brand new number of cashew nut which is resistant to cashew leaf and nut blight illness.
TARI Naliendele Centre Director, Dr Fortunus Kapinga made the revelation right here just lately pronouncing the brand new selection might be grown with out the usage of chemical insecticides.
“We are at the final stages to release the new variety that can be grown and well managed without using chemical pesticides to control the disease (blight),” he stated following farmers’ court cases over serious assault of the blight illness on cashew crop inflicting really extensive yield losses.
According to Dr Kapinga, the illness is very led to by way of climate variables in particular rainfall and moisture.
He stated the illness has just lately grow to be a major harmful in comparison to the previous the place it handiest took place after rainfall.
“In that past, the disease occurred after rainfall but nowadays it occurs due to moisture causing more destruction on crop yields,” he stated.
Speaking right here just lately, cashew farmers stated the crop manufacturing has been extremely suffering from more than a few pests and sicknesses together with blight inflicting crop losses.
An agricultural Consultant in Lindi Region, Ms Khadija Bakiri stated the area has been a lot suffering from pests and illness due to local weather adjustments.
“Lindi region has been much affected by pests and diseases especially on cashew crop which is affected by several diseases that constrain production,” she stated.
Ms Bakiri stated the area had anticipated to harvest over 100,000 tonnes of uncooked cashewnuts in 2022/2023 season however the function might not be reached due to pests and sicknesses that experience led to crop losses.
She stated in 2021/2022 season, Lindi area harvested over 65,000 tonnes of uncooked cashews.
“In this 2022/2023 season, we are not expecting to harvests below 65,000 tonnes of raw cashews that we harvested in the last 2021/2022 season,” she stated.
Author: Daily News