Musoma Municipal Mayor Patrick Gumbo made the remarks last week here when speaking at the just-ended 2021 VI Agroforestry symposium, themed: ‘Agroforestry for improved Environment and Income’, which aims to improve people's living conditions and reducing the effects of climate change.
He said the presence of VI Agroforestry support had greatly helped to spread environmental education awareness to farmers in the region.
Apart from environment conservation awareness and skills, Gumbo also cited improved farmer’s income food security as other benefits resulting from presence of the VI Agroforestry support in the region.
Mara is home to Serengeti National Park and Mara River which supports lives of more than 1.1 million people in Tanzania and Kenya.
Around 1,200 trees were planted at Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Hospital (Kwangwa) as part of the symposium that attracted a large number of participants from Mara region and other parts of the country.
Musoma District Commissioner (DC) Dr Halfan Haule also thanked VI-Agroforestry for making the three-day Agroforestry symposium a success story in the region.
The DC presented certificates of participation and various prizes to 16 organizations that took part in the agroforestry symposium was hosted by Africa Inland Church of Tanzania (AICT) at Mara and Ukerewe Diocese through its development organization called Inland Development services (IDS).
VI Agroforestry is a Swedish development cooperation organization that prioritizes agroforestry in fighting poverty and climate change.
The symposium was designed to spread a message on the role of agroforestry in improving lives of people through income and combating the effects of climate change.
Opening the symposium, Selemani Jafo, minister of State in the Vice President’s Office (Union and Environment) directed leaders at grassroots level to ensure that all villages in the country plant tree farms in efforts to tame effects of climate change.
He urged village leaders to ensure that every household plants trees to complement government efforts towards environmental conservation.
He said it is important for every village and household to embrace the culture of planting and caring for trees, a step that would help in the fight against climate change.