TRAINING ON PRODUCTION AND CERTIFICATION OF CLEAN PLANTING MATERIAL, HELD IN KEPHIS- PLANT QUARANTINE STATION, 7TH – 18TH OCTOBER, 2013.

The Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE) in conjunction Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI) organized a two week hands on training workshop for two of its members of staff on Virus indexing and certification of clean planting material from 7th to 18th October 2013.

 

Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI) Tanzania, received a grant through the Bill and Melinda gates foundation to start a regional project on ‘Disease Diagnostics for Sustainable Cassava Productivity’ in Africa during the period 2013 to 2016. One of the aims of the project is to support certification systems in Tanzania through virus indexing and certification of clean planting material. In order to achieve this, a training was planned in KEPHIS for the two MARI staff directly involved with production and certification of clean planting material of cassava and sweet potato. KEPHIS plays an important role in the plant protection program in the prevention and introduction of harmful pests and diseases. This is achieved by cleaning of high value breeder plant material. KEPHIS - Plant Quarantine Station – Muguga, takes a lead role in virus indexing prior to certification of high value breeder’s seed. Based on these experiences on virus indexing, the training on production and certification of clean planting material for the two MARI staff was conducted in this station. Upon completion of the course the trainees were evaluated and scored an average of 90%. the trainees also evaluated the course and gave the course a score of 100% in very good and good in the presenters and mode of training.