NOSS Farm Training in Kambai, Muheza
This week, from the 20th-23rd of June, NOSS is organizing a follow up-training on setting up a spice demo-farm at the NOSS spice demo farm in Kambai. A hundred local farmers, in groups of 25, will be trained in land preparation, spacing, transplanting and care aiming to equip the participants with recommended care of spice plants in the field (transplanting to harvesting). Last week, these farmers received a practical and theoretical nursery training on topics such as soil composition, seed selection, seed preparation and seed care. NOSS is organizing these trainings to support an increase in both the quality and quantity of Tanzanian spice produce and exports.
As depicted on the pictures, the trainer Mohammed Taimour explains topics regarding field layouts and clove spacing during the practical part of the training.
NOSS Nursery Training in Kambai, Muheza
From June 14-17 2020, NOSS and NABC organised a 4-day training in Kambai, Tanzania. In total, hundred local farmers in groups of 25 have been trained in nursery preparation and management, on topics such as soil composition, seed selection, seed preparation and seed care. The training program was a mixture of theory and practice; learning by doing. In practice, cloves were decoated and planted in the nursery beds to ensure germination before transferring them to polythene bags and polythene bags with cinnamon and cardamom seedlings were prepared. A selection of pictures made during the first days of the training can be viewed here. The training was given alongside one of NOSS’ nurseries, using it as a learning site and increasing farmer access to better spice inputs.
Next week, from the 20th-23rd of June, a follow up training on the setting up of a spice demo farm: land preparation, spacing, transplanting and care, will be given to the same group of farmers. This will be given alongside one of NOSS spice demo farms in Kambai.
Launching NOSS Impact Cluster
On October the 21st 2019, the 3-year impact cluster New Origins Sustainable Spices (NOSS) program was launched at the Uhuru Hostel in Shanti Town, Moshi. This event gave stage to the NOSS stakeholders (NABC, Précon, HQO, Agri Exim, Kagan Spices and Aromatum) and Dutch government representatives to introduce themselves to the audience and to introduce NOSS. In specific, importance of the program for the European spice market and the sustainable development of the spice supply chain in Tanzania was discussed.
The Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Japhet Hasunga together with Regional Commissioner of Kilimanjaro Region, Dr. Anna Mghwira honoured the launching with their attendance and offerings of full support to the impact cluster.
After the introduction and welcoming of the Minister and Regional Commissioner, the official partnership agreement was signed. The agreement underlines the partnership between the Tanzanian government, the Dutch government, the Dutch stakeholders and the Tanzanian partners.
The launching event ended with a constructive networking lunch where finance stakeholders, spice associations, traders, farmers, union representatives, government officials and NOSS stakeholders could liaise and exchange contacts for future cooperation.
Practical training cinnamon cultivation and processing
From 16th till the 20th of December 2019, NOSS conducted a practical training of cinnamon cultivation and processing in Amani, Muheza district. The trainings were given by spice expert Mohammed Taimour from Zanzibar Island in Amani: IBC Village, Antakae, Mbomole, Sakale, Makanya. In total, 191 farmers attended the trainings.
The objective of the training was to transfer knowledge on cinnamon cultivation and processing practices aiming to contribute to an increase in Tanzanian (Amani region) cinnamon volumes and quality. The trainings focussed on pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest practices and on the creating of awareness on the EU standards and EU market demand, especially the Netherlands. Some findings were: washing of shoots and scraping of barks is often not yet done (time consuming), planning of harvest is a point of attention (many farmers wait too long which is negatively impacting the quality) and need for planning in terms of planting (spacing etc.).
During the training, theory was immediately brought into practice. For example, by way of a demonstration of the washing of the shoots, a demonstration on the spacing of plants and planting while using more seeds per whole to challenge the shoots.
In 2020 there will be a follow up training building onto the knowledge already transferred during the December ’19 training.