Farmers record increased yields after adoption of proven technologies

30Oct 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Farmers record increased yields after adoption of proven technologies

OVER 25,000 farmers have participated in rice farming training in Tanzania provided by the technical cooperation between Ministry of Agriculture and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through the “Project for Supporting Rice Industry Development in Tanzania (TANRICE2)” started in 2012.

According to statement issued yesterday by JICA, in irrigated schemes, farmers had experienced an average of 40 per cent increase of yield—from 3.2t/ha to 4.5t/ha after the adoption of the techniques transferred in the said training. 

The series of rice farming training programmes by TANRICE2 had reached to extension officers and farmers in both irrigated and rain-fed conditions throughout the country (90 irrigation schemes and 77 rain-fed areas).

“Through such programmes, farmers had learned other important lessons such as irrigation scheme management, gender, marketing and agricultural machinery,” the statement reads in part.

It further said that the project has scored many achievements including the dramatic increase of the adoption of improved rice farming techniques, such as the adoption of the straight row planting from 3.5 per cent to 62.0 per cent, use of improved rice variety from 2.5 per cent to 59.3 per cent, and application of fertilizer from 19.0 percent to 56.3 percent in rain-fed lowland rice cultivation before and after the project, respectively.

On 30th October, 2019, the project’s steering committee meeting will be held to review the last seven years’ outputs of TANRICE2 at the Kilimanjaro Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) in Moshi. Implementers of rice farming training programs will present the progress of the project. Representatives of the local government authorities (districts)will  also participate in the meeting, since their commitments for continuing the training programs are crucial for reaching the farmers in need.

On 31st October, 2019, the participants of the Steering Committee will visit Mombo irrigation scheme in Korogwe District which is one of the model sites of adopting such farming practices including agricultural machineries.

JICA has supported the rice farming in Tanzania since 1970s, for more than 40 years. Currently, together with TANRICE2, there are other projects for improving rice farming in the country, namely “Small Scale Irrigation Development Project (SSIDP, an ODA loan project)”for improvement and rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructure and “Project for Capacity Development for the Promotion of Irrigation Scheme Development under the District Agricultural Development Plans Phase 2 (TANCAID2, a technical cooperation project)” for capacity building of irrigation engineers and technicians as well as irrigators’ organizations (IOs).

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