Head of Mtwara-based agricultural research institute, MATI-Mtwara, Elias Maijo said eighty farmers in rain-fed low land areas of Ligera village in the district are to benefit from the training.
The training, according to Maijo will involve effective use of farm inputs such as improved rice seeds, pesticides and fertilisers.
“Ligera is one of the villages popular for growing rice in the district, though farmers still use traditional farming methods which haven’t retrieved them from poverty level. That’s why MATI-Mtwara is chipping in with all the agronomic practices,” the official said.
The training is jointly implemented by the government and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Project for Supporting Rice Industry Development in Tanzania (Tanrice 2).
The project is aimed at scaling up rice farming in the southern part of the country.
Agricultural and irrigation officer in Namtumbo District Council, Eleuter Mndendemi said that such training are aimed at improving rice production from 40 percent to 85 percent.
So far, three villages of Mchomoro , Lusewa and Amani have benefited from such training.
Namtumbo District has 14 rice farming area which all are fitted with irrigation infrastructures.