Salimu Tamimu

Mr Tamimu standing in his old field of an open-pollinated cabbage variety. His new field can be seen at the bottom of this story. 

Mr Salimu Tamimu (57) from Mrua Village in Kondoa District has been in the field of local vegetable farming for 30 years. He grows tomatoes, sweet pepper, cabbages, onion, cucumbers, African eggplant and okra.

“I had no place to seek advice, while facing a lot of challenges for pest and disease control. I did not know which fertilizer to use”, he said.

In March 2017 he met with SEVIA’s Extension officer, Paschal Lusolela. Mr Tamimu was keen to host a demo on hybrid versus open pollinated cabbage production and sweet pepper pruning.

SEVIA is a private sector driven project, funded by two world leaders in vegetable seeds: East-West Seed and Rijk Zwaan (partners in the breeding programme Afrisem), and by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Wageningen University - Applied Plant Research is the Dutch knowledge partner. 

Afterwards he proclaimed: “I now know the importance of good seed variety selection, planting with the right spacing, and when to apply fertilizer on my crops. I am looking forward to grow Mapema F1 (cabbage) in October.”

Being inspired by the SEVIA field day in July, Mr Tamimu is considering to buy a drip irrigation kit for 1/4 acre.

Mr Tamimu's new plot of Mapema F1 hybrid cabbage variety