Tanzania: Govt of Tanzania is implementing a project aiming at transforming agricultural sector through a technological breakthrough based on crop monitoring. A collaboration of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and University of Maryland (USA), the project is focussing on National Food Security Division in the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries.
The project, Spurring Transformation for Agriculture through Remote Sensing (STARS) adapts and develops advanced remote sensing techniques and applications for monitoring crop conditions in collaboration with the end-user community.
Catherine Nakalembe from Maryland University said the crop monitoring and the national monthly bulletin will have direct implication on small holder farmers, who would benefit from more informed government decisions, but cited shortage of human resource as a challenge facing the project.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Dr Yohana Budeba said the STAR project would help National Food Security Department (NFSD) in deploying a user-friendly, satellite-based crop condition monitoring system with the primary goal of enabling it to satellite imagery technology to support crop condition assessments.