Tanzania Tree Seed Agency is the semi automous body within the ambit of Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. Tanzania Tree Seed Agency (TTSA) have been established with the purpose of enhancing sustainable supply of forest products and environmental conservation by producing, procuring and marketing high quality tree seeds and other propagating materials.
Tanzania Tree Seed Agency (TTSA) is organizing and conducting several courses twice a year during months of April and October of which the venue vary but in most cases at TTSA headquarters in Morogoro. The topics include;
Topics taught include:
- Nursery technique (selection of nursery site, design and layout of nurseries, Preparation of seed beds, preparation of seedlings beds, preparation of potting mixtures, seed sowing (in seedbeds or direct sowing in pots), Seedling pricking out and Transplanting), nursery equipment and tools (types and uses)
- Nursery operation and management (Seedling tending, Watering, weeding, root pruning and hardening off, pest and diseases control, seedling transportation, cost accounting, documentation and Macro propagation (tree grafting and budding techniques)
- Seed collection, handling (before storage) and processing techniques (Identifying collecting sites, Type of fruit and seed, Assessing seed maturity, Assessing seed quality, Factors influencing types of seed collection and choice of collection methods, bags and containers for collection and field storage (Care of collections), Safety in Seed Collection, Seed Extraction, Seed Grading, Adjusting Moisture Content for Storage, Safety Precautions during Processing and Maintaining Identity during Processing)
- Seed testing and storage ( timing and seed testing, Sampling, pre-treatment, standard seed testing parameters, disease test, factors affecting seed longevity, seed longevity in the natural environment, seed storage under controlled environment,
- Professional tree climbing techniques (Types of seed tree climbing, advantages and disadvantage of different types of tree climbing techniques, Advanced Line tree climbing technique). Participants of this course they will be provided by tree climbing gears as well as certificate after successfully completing their training.
- Botany Field Identification Course
The course aims to teach the function and use of a botanical dichotomous key, knowledge of the technical terms used in keys and plant descriptions and knowledge of some of the main families of vascular plants of Flora of East Africa (and or specific geographic location of client interest). The course will use a mixture of short lectures, and guided individual and group or paired practical sessions. Note that the emphasis is on identification rather than recognition. We shall start, assuming no knowledge, with easier-to-identify families and we shall deal with more difficult families as the course progresses. Area of interest like how to identify different importanttree species how to collect botanical specimens, which need further identification and dispatch them to the herbarium, systematic botany, tools and equipment necessary for the botany course will be taught. Other sub topics that will be taught includes, Introduction to planttaxonomy, main vegetation types ofEastAfrica, Main characteristics ofselected families, International Code of botanical Nomenclature and its provisions, Introduction to Identification Keys, Forest ecology, seed dispersal mechanism Speciesidentification Herbarium techniques.
Technical field excursion trips
There will be field technical trips for one week to visit different nurseries in Morogoro Municipality and Mvomero district where practical matters will be discussed on the spot.
TTSA will provide daily transport from Morogoro town to the course venue and back. TTSA will also provide transport during the field tours. However participants should arrange for their own transport from their duty station to Morogoro and back.
TTSA does not provide accommodation, thus it is the responsibilities of all participants to find their own accommodation in town.
For fees please channel your enquiry via firstname.lastname@example.org or through Chief Executive at email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org and Consultancy and course coordinator Fandey H. Mashimba at email@example.com.
Participants are required to cover their accommodation, meals and minor expenses during the course.
TTSA will provide certificates of participation to all course participants who attended all lectures and participate fully in all fields practical and field excursion as planned. You are highly encouraged to be part of this important course as will enhance your expertise in establishing and managing production of tree seedlings including fruits, subsequently increase community income and sustainable environment conservation in the country.