The timely initiative, christened ‘Kiboriani Reforestation and Beekeeping Project’ is an incentive to encourage the farmers to beef up the war against environmental degradation in their areas.
In his remarks during launching of the project over the weekend in Mpwapwa District, director of programmes at LEAD Foundation, Njamasi Chiwanga, said the environment surrounding Kiboriani mountains, which is a major water source for the two districts have to a great extent destroyed by unfriendly human activities.
He added, mass deforestation at the said mountains had propelled major havoc , including floods, land erosion and degradation, a situation which destroyed even farming activities in most parts within the two districts.
"We have decided to introduce this project as indirect way of encouraging the farmers to actively stand at the fore front in conserving their environment"
"As long as beekeeping banks largely on availability of enough healthier trees for carrying beehives, the farmers will automatically ensure for better environment in order to benefit from this project," he said.
He said to start with, the project will absorb at least 600 households in the six villages.
Speaking shortly after handed over 300 beehives to the beneficiaries, Mpwapwa District Administrative Secretary (DAS) Sarah Komba urged the beneficiaries farmers' groups to register their unions in order to access loans from different financial institutions.
Moreover, she hailed LEAD Foundation for its commitment to stepping up thee war against the wave of deforestation throughout the country.
The launched project, is under auspices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Gef and Sgp (the GEF Small Grants Programme).
The foundation implements also a three-year project in all districts in Dodoma Region. Dubbed 'Visiki Hai' the regional wide move targets to make the region green, focusing to reach 180,000 households with set target of planting 1.4 million trees.