Lyamungu Sub station (Northern Zone)

The building: TaCRI's office premises at Lyamungu
TaCRI Headquarters Office at Lyamungu, Hai District, Kilimanjaro
Mr. Gilard Mawole  grafting a coffee tree in his farm
A grower grafting improved varieties on rootstocks of old coffee trees.
loading of clonal seedlings at TaCRI for distributing to farmers
Massive distribution of clonal seedlings of improved coffee varieties from Lyamungu.

The station is located at the TaCRI Head Office in Lyamungu, Hai District on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, 23 km from Moshi town. The Lyamungu sub-station serves the four regions of Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Manyara, and Tanga with ten districts that grow some of the world’s finest mild Arabica coffee (the Northern Zone). The zone has 180,000 coffee farmers with average of five ha per farmer. Area under cultivation is 89,420 ha with average production of 12,920 tons of parchment per year. Potential production is estimated at 59,000 tons annually at the yield of at least 500 gm/tree or 670 kg/ha.

The zone has almost 100 years-long history of producing some of the finest Arabica coffee in the world by both smallholders and estates. Farmers continue to regard coffee as a reliable cash crop for improving their livelihoods. There are opportunities to increase coffee productivity and quality; incomes and profits through adherence to good crop husbandry and improved marketing arrangements.

Function

To support the development of the coffee industry by disseminating proven technologies to district extension staff, farmers and estates through the provision of training courses and by promoting extension messages; and, to support the central research programme by facilitating on-farm and on-station research