Kilimanjaro NGO equips farmers with modern agronomic practices

04Sep 2020
James Lanka
The Guardian
Kilimanjaro NGO equips farmers with modern agronomic practices

AS part of efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty among farmers in Rombo District, a non-governmental organisation—Women against HIV/Aids in Kilimanjaro (KIWAKUKI) has conducted a two-day capacity building training equipping farmers with entrepreneurship skills.

The organisation through its project— Rural Initiative for Participatory Agricultural Transformation (RIPAT) empowers farmers to be able to form groups and employ themselves.

Speaking to this paper in Moshi yesterday, the organisation’s Executive Director Dr Adella Materu said they are training farmers on how to add value to their agricultural products so as to generate income.

She said farmers have been educated on how to use modern agricultural technologies to boost crop production.

Dr Materu called on farmers to be an inspiration to others who are not in the project so that they can also apply similar farming techniques to increase productivity.

She said increased productivity in agriculture is essential as the country strives to reach the middle-income status by 2025 through industrialisation. She said most of the established industries rely on locally produced agricultural goods as raw materials.

RIPATI project coordinator, Egla Matechi said that her organisation has also supported farmers groups in Kimochi and Old Moshi wards in Moshi Rural District, Kilimanjaro Region.

She said they are conducting similar training to farmers in Mamsera ward in the district. She said trained farmers in Mamsera ward are expected to share knowledge with the fellows in Siha District.

Matechi noted that in Siha District, the project will cover two wards namely, Ivaeny and Kirua.

“The positive results of our training in previous wards have pushed us to conduct similar farmers’ training to the two wards in Siha District,” he said.

Matechi challenged farmers to ensure good quality of their products to be able to penetrate markets across the country.

She said the project is supported by the Danish-based organisation—Civil Society in Development (CISU) through their partners called PULS.

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