DFID dishes out 20.8bn/- for poultry, maize projects in 15 regions

The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) will dish out a 20.8bn/- grant that would be used to establish poultry and maize farming projects for rural dwellers in the country.

Speaking here, the project manager, Hem Chandro Roy said, the four-year project will be carried out in collaboration with BRAC Tanzania whereby fifteen regions are expected benefit.

He mentioned the regions that are to benefit as Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Tanga, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Manyara and Singida,
Others are Tabora, Dodoma, Mbeya, Iringa, Mwanza, Shinyanga and Mara.

He said the regional branches that would benefit from the project are Tegeta, G/Mboto, Darajabovu, Bububu, Msamvu, Kilosa, Pongwe, Nguvumali, Korogwe, Pasua, Himo, Mwika, Rombo Mkuu, Tarakea, Masama, Machame, Sanyajuu, Kimandolu, Ngaramtoni, Babati, Galapo, Katesh, Manyoni and Kanyenye.

Others are Ipuli, Miyuji, Kikuyu, Ipagala, Kondoa, Mbalizi, Nzovwe, Kihesa, Mafinga, Ruaha, Kahama, Bunda, Tarime, Nyegezi, Kirumba and Kamnyonge.

“The main objective of this project is to empower farmers and herdsmen living in rural areas to get out of poverty and live a better life,” he said.

The project will also educate farmers on the best farming methods and use of modern technology in agriculture.

He also said that they would improve marketing strategies, financial availability and sensitise private sector to invest in crop value chain.
It is expected that the project will reach a total of 105,000 people and create employment opportunities to more than 104,000 people.

The official said the project aspires to increase rural incomes, build capacity for smallholder farmers, agricultural productivity and greater food security.

Other people such as district agricultural and livestock development officers, extension officers and agro-dealers will also be involved in the project, he said.

He noted that farmers will be forced to establish demonstration farms, where others will be trained on the techniques needed to increase productivity.

According to Roy, making market work for the poor (M4P), is an approach that will be applied during the implementation of the project.

BRAC, which started operations in Tanzania in 2006, is an international micro-finance organisation that has successfully implemented a number of pro-poor-related projects in different countries, which have contributed immensely in transforming lives of the poor.  
Source: The Guardian reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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