Tanzania: Rufiji scheme to transform farming

Tanzania Daily News | 6 December 2016

Photo: Greenpeace Africa

Rufiji — A multi-billion-shilling irrigation scheme geared towards agricultural development has scored notable achievement in the Rufiji River Basin. Residents of Chumbi A, B and C villages in Rufiji District, Coast Region, commended the achievements in transforming the area into one of the country’s major rice, maize and cassava producing zones.

 Speaking in an interview, Samy Mohamed Elazed, Executive Director of the Kuwait-based company, Africa Relief Organisation, financiers of the project, said his organisation has released 3bn/- to finance cultivation of 300 acres of rice this season alone at the new Rufiji irrigation belt.
 He said the project would cover over 2,500 acres in the coming seasons, with multibillion dollars injected to facilitate modern agricultural technology in mechanization.
 The focus will be production of rice, maize, cassava and sesame, according to African Relief Board of Trustees Chairman Sheikh Abdallah Ndauga… http://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/26766-tanzania-rufiji-scheme-to-transform-farming

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