We are delighted to welcome the new YPARD Tanzania representative Peter Heri Mlay.
Peter possesses professional agronomy skills which he acquired through experience in the field of agricultural development, academic and practical field training, as well as exposure to on-site research projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from the Sokoine University of Agriculture.
He is currently working as a Technical Development Specialist with UPL (TZ) Ltd- a company in biotechnology in agriculture. Before joining UPL he has been working with Syngenta Tanzania as Technical Zone Lead. He is also co-founder of Ayegro Group Ltd, a company whose mission is to influence youth and women engagement in productive agriculture streamline. This is concerned with economic growth, fighting poverty and eradicating hunger in Tanzania. He is also secretary-general of National Sunflower Farmers Association of Tanzania (NASUFAT) and secretary of the Grape Farmers Platform in Tanzania.
He is also an active member of Sokoine University Graduate Entrepreneurs Cooperative (SUGECO). The main goal of SUGECO is to make a difference in the minds of the youth, communities, and graduates from higher learning institutions in support of enterprise development for self-employment, agribusiness development, job creation, community development, and economic prosperity.
Peter through his work in the sector disseminates information on agronomy skills to youth, policymakers, researchers, farmers, and other stakeholders through training and demonstrations approach. This is aimed at empowering young farmers to improve agricultural production in the country for poverty alleviation and social-economic development of the country.
Earlier in the year 2020, he contested to become Member of Parliament in Mpanda Rural/ Tanganyika Constituency to influence all policies and laws in support of youth and farmers. Although he didnt emerge the winner of the seat he contested, he still believes young professionals in agriculture should participate in the creation of an enabling environment for agricultural development and poverty alleviation.
Among Tanzanias youth, he is popularly known as Agronomist Peter- an influencer and advisor to youth in the agricultural sector in the country. He is committed to maximizing his experience in expanding the YPARD network in his country.
Peter is determined to continue the good work of Juma Bruno Ngomuo, the former representative for YPARD Tanzania. We express our profound gratitude to Juma for his hard work done with the country chapter.
Welcome on board, Peter Heri.