Monday, August 14, 2017

CMC embarks on pivot irrigation schemes

CHAMWINO municipal council in conjunction with the Water for Food Global Institute at University of Nebraska has embarked on a Centre Pivot Irrigation scheme for vegetables and fruits farming on a 140-acre farm in Mvumi-Makulu Village in Chamwino. Chamwino District Executive Director (DED) Athumani Masasi made the revelation here during the council meeting over the weekend, saying Chamwino was set to become a major vegetable growing district in Dodoma, thanks to the new method of crop irrigation also called waterwheel irrigation. “A total of 280 households in Mvumi-Makulu Village will benefit from the scheme in the first phase of the project,” said the DED. He pointed out that materials for the project infrastructure were already in the village and experts from the University of Nebraska will soon install them on the farm. “

Farmers who will benefit from the project have formed a cooperative union to facilitate their activities in the scheme,” said the DED. Mr Masasi noted that farm clearing for the project was still underway as water wells drilling for the irrigation started and a team of experts from the Chamwino district authorities are working on a draft for agreement to be signed with the University of Nebraska on the project. “Villagers will rent the farm at affordable cost and the revenues collected from the scheme will be used to expand the project to benefit more people in the village in the project’s second phase,” he said. Mr Masasi said the project will enhance food security and income of Chamwino residents, adding that the project will increase revenue collection in the district. In another development, the Chamwino DED, said construction of council building was continuing after tender board gave green light for completion of administration block in the building in Phase IV of the project. “After completion of the construction, the building will accommodate all departments and units which are under the district council and its construction will be finalised within two months,” said Mr Masasi.

Commonwealth boss extols Isles development plans

THE Commonwealth has pledged its continued economic support to Zanzibar whilst commending the Isles government for good implementation of its development programmes. The remarks were made by Commonwealth Secretary General, Ms Patricia Baroness Scotland when she paid a courtesy call on President Ali Mohamed Shein at the State House in Unguja yesterday. Ms Scotland lauded the government of Zanzibar for the measures it has been taking to promote the Isles economy and for maintaining peace and tranquility, and vowed to support those efforts. She thus assured President Shein of her organisation’s support to Zanzibar’s and Tanzania’s development initiatives, adding that the Commonwealth was focused on partnering with all its member countries in improving the lives of the people. The Commonwealth Secretary General briefed Dr Shein about the works being implemented by Commonwealth in all its 52 member countries, including increasing opportunities in the key sectors of business and economy, women’s and youth empowerment, education and environment protection among others. She mentioned the development of infrastructure and energy sectors as among areas of priority that will help activate economic growth. Ms Scotland also expressed her delight on the positive trend of economic growth among Commonwealth member states across Africa and Asia, saying their economy was growing at a rate ranging between 5 and 8 per cent. Dr Shein was grateful to the Commonwealth boss and welcomed the partnership and support, which he said would help his government to achieve its development targets. The president said the government is implementing a number of development projects and is taking on board women and young people in its development endeavours and is also working hard to protect the rights of children and elders. Dr Shein also talked of his government’s achievement in promoting good governance and democracy on the Islands.


Ministry to issue land title certificates

The Ministry of Land, Housing and Human Settlements Development through the Land Tenure Support Programme (LTSP), will next week issue more than 2, 000 Customary Certificate of Right of Occupancy (CCROs) to Nyange villagers in Kilombero district. A statement issued in Dar es Salaam last week by the LTSP said that the issuance of the title deeds will coincide with the inauguration of the Nyange Village Land Registry constructed by the villagers with support from the government through LTSP. The statement said that the ceremony scheduled for tomorrow in Morogoro region will be graced by the Minister for Land, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Mr William Lukuvi, whereby a total of 2,111 title deeds will be issued.he LTSP which is under the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development aims at strengthening security of tenure through the provision of title deeds and ensure effective land administration. 

Minister for Land, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Mr William Lukuvi

It is currently being executed as a pilot project in three districts of Morogoro region, which are Kilombero, Ulanga and Malinyi of which about 160 villages are expected to benefit from the programme. The statement further said that the programme has managed to verify and survey 21,154 plots in eight villages in Kilombero and Ulanga districts. The programme has also prepared 9,112 CCROs out of 21,154 surveyed plots. Other activities implemented under the programme include surveying the boundaries of 50 villages and resolving 18 village boundary disputes which have lasted for a long time. Other activities included preparations of certificates of the village land for 57 villages, village land use plans (VLUPs) for 50 villages and contribution in construction and rehabilitation of land registries for 61 villages. The three-year programme is expected to cost USD 15.2 million provided as grant by development partners, including the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), together with co-partners SIDA (Sweden) and DANIDA (Denmark).