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Farmers told to grow drought resistant crops

2nd May 2012
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Dodoma regional commissioner Dr Rehema Nchimbi

Dodoma farmers have been challenged to produce more crops that withstand drought in a bid to curb food shortage in the region.

The challenge was thrown by Dodoma regional commissioner Dr Rehema Nchimbi in her speech that was read on her behalf by assistant regional administrative secretary during celebrations dubbed ‘Farmer in Farm Day’.

The celebrations were held at Chololo village on the outskirts of Dodoma municipality as part of projects being implemented to mitigate climate change impacts.

Dr Nchimbi said that it was important that farmers took into consideration best farming practices, including planting drought resistant crops as per climatic conditions of the region.

“You should plant crops that will help reduce food shortage, you may plant other crops and later on sell the harvests in order to buy food of your own preference," said Dr Nchimbi.

She challenged them to prepare their farms early and apply fertilizers in order to improve production.

Farmers from Chololo village said in separate interviews that after having started receiving services of extension officers, they have managed to improve production compared to previous seasons.

A farmer identified as Jenifa Msihi said she has since changed her farming practices and as a result, she has managed to harvest more.

The Head of the Project, Dr Francis Njau, said that the initiative received funding from the European Community through the Ministry of Finance.

He added that the project objective was turning the village into a model, particularly in mitigating effects of climatic changes in the sectors of agriculture, livestock keeping and environment.

Njau explained that the project expected to boost food production at the village so that it would stop depending on food relief from the government and at the same time set an example to other villages.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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