Lake zone faces dry spell until December —TMA

19Oct 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Mwanza
The Guardian
Lake zone faces dry spell until December —TMA

​​​​​​​THE Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) has advised residents of six regions forming the Lake Zone to change their agricultural practices from now to December as there will be less rain.

For, the latest forecast by the weatherman shows that the regions will receive less rain in this short rainy season from October to December hence a need for change in type of crops to plant and grazing habits.

Addressing agriculture stakeholders here yesterday, TMA manager for the Lake Zone Augustino Nduganda said Vuli rains will decline by 45 per cent this year.

The zone is made up by six regions spread along Lake Victoria namely Mara, Mwanza, Simiyu, Shinyanga, Kagera and Geita.

“I appeal to extension officers in these regions to plant short-term crops as there will be no enough rains for long-term ones,” he said.

Examples of short-term crops that are grown for 45-60 days are cowpea, buckwheat, oats, yellow mustard, oilseed radish, and sorghum.

As for cattle keepers, Nduganda said pastoralists should brace for less pastor and water pints occasioned by abnormally less rains during the period.

Closing the meeting, Mwanza Regional Administrative Secretary Emanuel Tutuba appealed to experts to advise on better ways of improving farming, livestock keeping and fishery which are the main economic activities in the zone.

He said if the three economic activities are modernized, living standards of residents will improve as well as the economy not only of the zone but of the country at large.

“I urge to continue with this discussion so that we improve economies of individual residents, the zone and the nation,” he said.

The RAS said economic potential of the Lake Zone is yet to be fully unlocked, calling on stakeholders to come up with ideas that can turn its idle resources into real wealth.

Apart from farming, livestock keeping and fishery for subsistence of residents, Lake Zone is also the headquarters of mining in Tanzania with the country’s gold coming almost entirely from the zone.