The advice was given here early this week by the Trade and Marketing Officer Omar Mtarika at a training seminar to Pemba agricultural experts that aimed to professionally empower them with appropriate teaching practices when educating farmers on better farming methods of the crops.
Mtarika said the responsibilities of agricultural officers in the project is to employ their expertise by imparting correct information to farmers on better land use including on farming inputs for better crops production.
He said in order to attain the goals of the project farmers ought to have the capability in employing sustainable farming practices that adhere to environment conservation including consideration to the surrounding communities.
He added that project’s goals will be realized via agricultural experts educating farmers on how to reduce the application of unnecessary toxic chemicals.
The Project’s Manager for Pemba Zone Sharif Maalim Hamad said due to the project’s structure that pushes for positive results, the training was prepared as part of the strategy to ensure the farming knowledge reaches many farmers at a time.
The training is the continuance of the implementation of the Spices and Vegetables Farming Project being undertaken in Zanzibar by People’s Development Forum (PDF), Community Forests Pemba (CFP) and the Tanzania Media Women Association (Zanzibar) under the sponsorship of the European Union (EU).