Neighbours are also very anxious to learn from my experiences

16 August 2017  



My name is Laurent Daslo (53). I live in Nangara (Babati) together with my wife Magdalena Mkeni and three children. Five years ago I started vegetable farming. Untill this spring I grew Chinese cabbage, sukumawiki, carrot and African nightshade. I always wanted to grow tomatoes, but in a more skillful way. One day I was triggered by the extension officer of SEVIA, Ladislaus Mkufya, who set up a demo field in the nearby street. We agreed to do the same at my place. He showed me to produce more yield on a a small area. Since I have no water problems here, I like to continue growing other vegetables. My neighbours visit me and are very anxious to learn from my experiences. Watch it here

Planning of farming is very important

16 August 2017 


My name is Abubakari Saidi, from Babati. Since I finished school in 1997 I am a vegetable farmer. I fully rely on income out of my vegetable farming and of course – I have 7 children – I am always on the lookout to increase my profits. Quality seeds make a big difference: they produce more transplants and the plants are healthier. I learnt how to plan the farming which is also very important. Watch it here

I now pay attention to the right dosage of chemicals and fertilizers

16 August 2017  


I am Monica Humay. Originally I am from Arusha, but I moved to Babati. My husband and I have been farmers for over 30 years. I grow cereal crops like maize, but I discovered growing tomatoes can be very profitable in a short period of time. Because we live close to the road from Babati to Morogoro it is very easy to find a trader who buys our products. We switched from traditional farming to applying improved methods according to the SEVIA-way. I now pay attention to the right dosage of chemicals and fertilizers. SEVIA also taught us about spacing and the use of quality seeds. Watch it here

I am happy when the farmers are happy

16 August 2017 


My name is Ladislaus Mkufya. I am SEVIA extension officer in Babati. I like to teach the farmers to improve their vegetable farming. When they are happy, e.g. when they actually see that their products are better than before, I am happy too. Watch it here

Harald Peeters, Managing Director Rijk Zwaan Tanzania

3 July 2017 


Harald Peeters, Managing Director Rijk Zwaan Tanzania: "SEVIA is a good synergy of private and public partners." Watch it here


Knowing how to use a greenhouse makes a good farmer

7 March 2017, Moshi



  Having a greenhouse does not make you a good farmer, but knowing how to farm in a greenhouse does! Mr. Christopher Elias Mrecha is a regular farmer in Hai who built a greenhouse in the hope of increasing his income.

He said he was often misled on his failing crops. When SEVIA visited him for the first time, he was growing sukuma wiki in his greenhouse.

After his first consultation he was alerted by SEVIA that his plot had a serious case of bacteria wilt. And due to poor construction of the green house, the air circulation was ineffective which caused other diseases due to high humidity.

After just over one month of guidance and good farming practice his new crop (cucumber) was ready for harvest.

He was urged to seek market before harvesting and he successfully managed to secure a market with Nakumatt Moshi. Due to the good quality of his products he was asked to consider supplying a number of other vegetables.

One thing all farmers should have in mind is that they should always seek advice before and after setting up the greenhouse. It is the farming skills that make the difference!