Research and Outreach

Research

The Department has highly competent research manpower with 26 out of 35 academic staff members holding PhDs and the remaining are either on or about to embark on PhD studies. There are analytical laboratories for nutrition, meat and dairy studies. Research activities at the Department focus on developing innovations for addressing challenges along the livestock and fisheries value chains. Currently, there are about 20 on-going research projects which are undertaken collaboratively with public and private partners within and outside the country. In addition, there are also over 150 research projects undertaken annually by undergraduate and postgraduate students as part of their studies. DAARS faculty are always ready to partner with private sector entities to innovate and co-create solutions for a wide variety of challenges facing the livestock industry; from genetic resources to climate smart innovative practices.

Outreach

The Department offers advisory services to the community in form of consultancies, farm visits and short courses. It also actively participates in the Annual Nane Nane Agriculture Show in Morogoro where it displays a variety of technologies related to animal husbandry, aquaculture and fodder production. Academic members of staff offer technical advice in various National committees related to livestock and fisheries value chain. At DAARS we have many years of experience of directly engaging with farmers. For us, no one is beyond couching and mentoring. Farmers are our most valued clients, always welcome to contact our staff.

Ongoing Researches

Research activities at the Department focus on developing appropriate technologies for improvement of animal productivity and welfare along the value chain. The Department has competent manpower and basic infrastructure to undertake a variety of animal studies.

Currently, there are about 20 on-going research projects on nutrition, breeding, production systems in livestock and aquaculture, forage/rangelands improvement, climate change etc.

Most the research activities are collaborative with public and private partners within and outside the country.Currently the Department is actively engaged in various research activities as shown in Table below.

No

Project Title

Tenure

Project Leader

1

Establishing livestock-based coping strategies for improved resilience of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities to impact of climate change in Northern Tanzania

36 Months

Dr. S.H. Mbaga

2

Promotion of ecosystem-responsive integrated urban farming practices in the livestock, vegetable and fish production systems

36 Months

Dr. A.W. Mwandya

3

Establishing a Demonstration Unit of Tilapia Cage Culture at SUA

12 Months

Dr. A.W. Mwandya

4

Improving the productivity of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) through selective breeding and mass production of fingerlings

36 Months

Prof. S. W. Chenyambuga

5

Characterization of Tanzania Zebu cattle for tolerance to ticks and East Coast Fever

42 Months

Prof. S. W. Chenyambuga

6

Development of a sustainable tilapia culture in Tanzania

24 Months

Prof. S. W. Chenyambuga

7

Genomic tools for improved chevon production from South Africa and Tanzanian Goats

24 Months

Prof. S. W. Chenyambuga

8

Strengthening Research and Teaching Capacity for Sustainable Development of aquaculture in Tanzania

24 Months

Prof. S. W. Chenyambuga

9

Development of Appropriate Hatchery Technology for African catfish in Tanzania

36 Months

Dr. H. A. Lamtane

10

Outreach Project – Integrated Agro-Aquaculture Case: (BSU) -

Knowledge Sharing, Research Dissemination and Communication

24 Months

Dr. H. A. Lamtane/Dr. F. T. Magayane

11

Development of Tilapia and Catfish Feeds for Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Tanzania

36 Months

Dr. N. Madalla

12

Enhancing the Quality of graduates of agriculture to meet tomorrows’ food security challenge (PREPARE-BSc)

36 Months

Prof. F. Lekule

13

Increasing Markets Share of Locally Produced Beef Through Improved Cattle Husbandry, Slaughter Operations and Meat Handling

36 Months

Prof. Kimbita/ Dr. D. Mushi

14

Building Stronger Universities

24 Months

Dr. D. Mushi

15

Up-scalling of Pro-Poor Innovative Dairy Goat Technologies for Improved Livelihood Security and Human Capacity in Selected Highland Areas

36 Months

Prof. G Kifaro

16

Securing Rural Livelihood Through Improved Pig Production (SLIPP)

48 Months

Prof. F. Lekule

17

Safe Food Fair Food

36 Months

Prof. L. Kurwijila

18

More Milk

48 Months

Prof. L. Kurwijila

19

“What is Killing my Cow?”

12 Months

Prof. L. Kurwijila

Other Research project activities:

Title: Enhancing livelihoods of dairy goats keepers in Tanzania through an improved breeding programme for disease free multipurpose animals Objectives:

  • To establish a nucleus flock with pedigree recorded disease free Norwegian and cashmere goats at Haydom
  • To establish a dairy goats multiplication unit at SUA and test milk and meat production of F1 crosses
  • To undertake a goat health control programme for CAE virus, brucellosis, tuberculosis, CCPP and drug resistance
  • To introduce cashmere product in the current dairy goats production system
  • To develop fattening schemes and compare different genotypes with respect to meat production and quality of meat
  • To train farmers on dairy recording, studbooks and running of breed society
  • To develop competence in Artificial Insemination for dairy goats in Tanzania


Coverage: The study is being conducted in Mgeta and Gairo divisions of Morogoro region and at Mulbadaw farm in Hanang district. Amount of funding: Tsh. 160,000,000/= Source of funds: Royal Norwegian Government

Title: Exploiting Market Opportunities for Value Added Dairy and Meat Products in ECA Region Objectives: The main objective of this project is to enhance utilisation of value addition innovations in the dairy and meat sub-sectors in eastern and central Africa Specific objectives are;

  • Facilitate the generation and uptake of demand driven dairy and meat value chain technologies and innovations
  • Promote enabling policies for enhancing value addition in the dairy & meat sub-sectors
  • Facilitate policy options for enhancing the performance of the agricultural sector in the ECA sub-region
  • Strengthen capacity of smallholders and SMEs to exploit dairy and meat markets in the ECA sub-region

Coverage: The study is being conducted in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Partner institutions: ASARECA and ILRI. Amount of funding: US $ 690,000 Source of funds: EU/World bank through ASARECA

IGMAFU project

Feed improvements in Njombe and Turiani

Promotion of integrated aquaculture

ASARECA

Cassava project (MATF-FarmAfrica)

CESA project