SATG collaborates with national and international research institutions in East African region and elsewhere to source superior crop varieties for testing in Somalia. Over the years, SATG has introduced many different crop varieties including cabbage, dwarf papaya, early maturing cowpeas and mungbeans, maize, tomato and forage grasses such as alfalfa, dolichos, napier grass, Rhodes grass and Sudan grass. These varieties are then evaluated for yield and other agronomic characteristics at the Agri-Business Incubation Centre (ABIC) in Afgoi and substations in Aw-dhegle and Balad. Those varieties that perform well are further tested in farmers’ fields in demonstration plots. Lead and contact farmers run the demonstration plots.
SATG has over 1500 lead and contact farmers. It values farmer participation in the testing of the new varieties and recognizes the importance of joint ownership of the new technology. This is the key fundamental in SATG’s working approach.