Assistant Director for the Capacity Development for the Promotion of Irrigation Schemes Project (TANCAIC II), Athony Nyarubamba revealed this yesterday here when speaking during the Fifth Joint Coordinating Committee Meeting (JCC).
Nyarubamba said that one of the most important aspects of the project was to develop the Comprehensive Guidelines (CGL) on irrigation through which farmers have been trained on various aspects of irrigation farming.
Nyarubamba said the Comprehensive Guidelines ( CGL) were disseminated to farmers in over 100 irrigation schemes with the aim of helping to define necessary works and procedures smoothly on the implementation, operation and maintenance of the irrigation schemes in the country.
He said the guidelines will also equip those in charge of irrigation activities in the district councils to provide necessary advice to famers.
‘After having developed the Comprehensive Guidelines for the construction of irrigation facilities, operation and maintenance, we don’t expect any irrigation facility to be constructed below standards,” Nyarubamba said.
He said the developed guidelines are also aimed at supporting the district manageable small -scaled irrigation schemes.
He further said that the users of the guidelines also include the District Agriculture Development Officers, District Subject Matter Specialists, other district irrigation staff, environmentalists , farmers and communities who are directly involved in formulation, implementation, operation and maintenance of the irrigation scheme development
Nyarubamba added that the NIRC Zonal Irrigation Engineers and Technical Services Unit staff were is also a primary target of these guidelines because they are in charge of backstopping for the districts, giving explanations and instructions to farmers.
Speaking earlier, the Acting Director General for the National Irrigation Commission, Marco Ndonde said that the development of the Comprehensive Guidelines for the irrigation management was part of the implementation of a four -year Project for ‘Capacity Development for the Promotion of Irrigation Scheme under the District Agriculture Development Plans Phase II (TANCAID II) supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Ndonde said the project among other things was aimed at ensuring that the system for improving and promoting irrigation schemes development in line with the Comprehensive Guidelines is strengthened in the country.
On her part, the JICA Program Advisor in Tanzania Office NamikoYamada said the cooperation between Tanzania and Japan started more than 40 years ago and that the country has benefited significantly from financial and technical support especially on agriculture development.
She said the assistance provided by Japan has enabled Tanzania to implement important poverty reducing programmes such as promotion of irrigation, improve production and productivity and enhancing capacity of irrigation and agriculture technical staff.
She further said that some of the technical cooperation includes development of lower Moshi irrigation scheme, development of National Irrigation Master Plan 0f 2002 which was revised in 2018.
She pointed out that the TANCAID project created the system for information sharing, report writing and financial management skills to irrigators’ organisations.