Refresher training course on MLN Diagnosis at – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Francis Mwatuni: Tanzania is an important country in his project and largely depends on Maize as a food crop. Due to its geographical position, Tanzania acts as a bridge in the MLN spread to countries in southern Africa where maize is a staple food crop.

Tanzania has not had a comprehensive MLN surveillance to determine the status of the disease since the inception of the MLN Diagnostics and Management Project in Oct 2015.  The training was done on 6th February 2017 at the Plant Health Services offices in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A total of 13 MLN surveillance team members were trained of which 8 were males and 5 females were trained. However, since the team did not carry out the activity in 2017 as planned due to internal logistical issued, they requested for the refresher training which was executed in late March this year.

Figure 1. Refresher training on MLN surveillance using the ODK tool and the MCMV immunostrips for some of the PHS Tanzania team

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