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.