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TOSCI board meets at WorldVeg

On 21-22 July 2017, the Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI) held its annual board meeting at WorldVeg Eastern and Southern Africa in Arusha, Tanzania. TOSCI is responsible for field and seed inspection, sampling, seed testing, and variety evaluation and verification in Tanzania. Scientists at WorldVeg work closely with TOSCI during all stages of variety release in the country. During the board members’ visit, the WorldVeg team took the opportunity to showcase some of the Center’s research.

Elias Sham discussing the challenges of managing Tuta absoluta.

VINESA Project Manager John Macharia gives a tour of the vegetable business hub where young farmers are trained.

Stephen Tarmogin (left), a PhD student, explains his work on amaranth leafwebber.

Vegetable Breeder Fekadu Dinssa explaining ‘DUS’ testing (distinctness, uniformity and stability) of soon-to-be released varieties.

Story and photos: Thomas Dubois

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