ESRF imparts Agribusiness Knowledge to more than 750 people from Lake Zone.

    Cross Section of participants of the workshop

    In August 27th 2016, the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) organized a dissemination workshop on Agribusiness in Lake Zone. The workshop was officiated by Hon. John Vianey Mongella, the Mwanza Regional Commissioner at Rock City Mall in Mwanza.

    The workshop drew more than 750 participants from the Lake Zone regions (Geita, Mara, Kagera, and Mwanza). It aimed at disseminating findings of the studies and sharing of experiences from pilot projects which are implemented in six districts of Ileje, Nyasa, Sengerema, Ikungi, Bukoba Rural and Bunda. Dr. Tausi M. Kida, Executive Director ESRF giving her welcoming remarks. Honorable Mr. John Vianey Mongella, DC Mwanza (seating 1st right) and Mr. Amon Manyama, Practice Specialist (Capacity Development) and Head of Programme, UNDP(Seating 2nd right)

    The pilot projects are implemented in collaboration with farmers groups, champions in the selected districts and the National Service.

    In her welcoming remarks, Dr. Tausi Mbaga Kida the Executive Director of ESRF told the participants that researches have shown that the advancement of technology has increased opportunities in different sectors including agriculture. She said, Technology has helped farmers not to largely depend on rainfall, which has been a challenge in the country. She further said that technology has assisted farmers to produce abundantly and quality products in a small piece of land. Honorable Mr. John Vianey Mongella, the Regional Commissioner of Mwanza giving the speech

    On his side, Dr. Charles Mahika – Director Aquaculture Development Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries told the participants that, his Ministry in collaboration with countries around Lake Victoria are preparing a guideline for introducing fish caging which is in the final stages. Once the guideline is signed, will pave a way for development of Cage culture in the country, which is believed to be a suitable and lucrative type of fish farming.

    The workshop on Agribusiness was coloured by six presentations from the experts in respective areas of specialization. The presentations, covered wider subject areas including; poultry, entrepreneurship, green house technology, Hydroponic fodder, Hydroponic vegetable, aquaponic and circulative fish farming. Other areas include; fish farming by using ponds and cages, modern beekeeping and Azolla as animal feed and Bio-fertilizer.

    Testimonies came from Mr. Ahmed Mbae, a farmer from Bukoba Rural who uses Azolla and fodder to feed chicken and fish; Mr. Mbae testified that the use of Azolla and fodder as animal feed has reduced drastically the cost of buying feed for his livestock. Ms. Kallega, from Bukoba Rural who uses Azolla shared the same testimony

    Last updated on 2016-09-01

ESRFs activities are supported by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC)