Haberler      English      العربية      Pусский         Kurdî      Türkçe Delivering News and Insights Around the World Keltis
  En.Haberler.Com - Latest News
SEARCH IN NEWS:
  HOME PAGE 24/05/2022 00:19 
13.05.2022 09:27 News >> University Lab Helps Farmers In Tanzania To Combat Climate Change

University Lab Helps Farmers In Tanzania To Combat Climate Change

On eve of World Farmers Day on Saturday, farmers in Tanzania collaborate with scientists to devise techniques to fight water scarcity.

Due to recurring spells of droughts and scarcity of water owing to climate change effects, farmers in the East African country of Tanzania have adopted techniques to maintain crop yields for their survival.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency on the eve of World Farmers' Day, which is being observed on Saturday, Grace Lusako, 37, a farmer, said he has devised ways to plant rice saplings without flooding the field.
"I have learned important skills to increase my harvest even with little water availability known as System of Rice Intensification (SRI) – a farming technique entailing transplanting paddy seedling without flooding the field," she said.
Pointing to his two-acre field blooming with rice saplings, Lusako said this technique has helped him to increase yield from 31 bags to 83 bags, enough to shoulder the food needs of her family of six including four children.
In the Kiroka village located in the Morogoro region west of Dar es Salaam city, farmers holding small lands were often struggling to produce enough food for their growing families. They said that the rainfall pattern had increased their hardships.
Farmers say that thanks to the researchers at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), they have been able to improve their food yields by using smart and climate change-resistant agricultural techniques aimed at to grow crops with less water.
Researchers at the SUA have been joining farmers in their fields to impart training to introduce new techniques such as the SRI to track fertilizer and water use efficiency. It is believed that farmers collaborating with researchers have reported a 38% increase in crop yields and a 44% reduction in water use.
Lusako and 267 other farmers trained by SUA researchers have become the role models in the village.
Aquilin Tarimo, an agronomist from the SUA, told Anadolu Agency that farmers, who had been facing water problems, especially during the dry season, are now making use of new systems and the training to manage the water requirement of crops.
"Vegetable cultivation once abandoned in the village is now making a comeback," she said.
University projects help farmers
Henry Laswai, a professor, said that the project launched by the university has been helping farmers in the impoverished region, not only to improve their household food security but also to reduce soil erosion.
"These new techniques have brought back smiles on the faces of farmers. The farmers are more willing to learn more from researchers and embrace the new technology," he told the Anadolu Agency.
According to researchers' rainfall patterns in Tanzania have become erratic with many areas receiving about 500mm of rainfall annually compared to 1000mm of rain they used to receive previously.
This has affected farmers who constitute almost 80% of the agricultural workforce since they largely depend on rain-fed agriculture.
In Kiroka village, farmers say the two rivers, which are the main sources of irrigation have now become seasonal.
Mohamed Kigala, 48, whose maize farms are located on a steep gradient, is using multiple methods to prevent soil degradation that he has learned through the training from SUA researchers.
"I did not know these techniques before. Let me be very honest, I have been able to overcome a lot of problems that I have been facing. I thank the researchers for their expertise" he said. -



        Latest News
Turkiye's Daily COVID-19 Cases Fall Below 1,000 For First Time Since 2020 -20 minutes ago...
Health Ministry confirms 922 new infections, 3 related deaths in last 24 hours.
UPDATE- Turkish President Writes Off Greek Premier Over His Remarks In US 10 minutes ago...
Ankara cancels Strategic Council Meeting with Athens due to Greek Premier Mitsotakis' remarks, says Turkish President Erdogan.
Turkish Public Broadcasting Chief Urges European Broadcasters To Cooperate Against Terrorism -35 minutes ago...
‘We call for solid cooperation to stand together against terrorism no matter its source or target,' says Mehmet Zahid Sobaci.
California Governor Warns Of Mandatory Water Cuts As Drought Worsens -35 minutes ago...
'Every water agency across the state needs to take more aggressive actions,' says Gov Gavin Newsom.
UN Urges Greater International Consensus On Digital Technology 10 minutes ago...
'We have a critical opportunity to build consensus on how digital technologies can be used,' says Rosemary DiCarlo.

 
      Top News
Turkiye's Daily COVID-19 Cases Fall Below 1,000 For First Time Since 2020 Turkiye's Daily COVID-19 Cases Fall Below 1,000 For First Time Since 2020
Turkish Foreign Minister To Hold Talks With Senior Officials In Palestine, Israel Turkish Foreign Minister To Hold Talks With Senior Officials In Palestine, Israel
Russian, Belarusian Presidents Hail Moscow's Resilience To Sanctions Russian, Belarusian Presidents Hail Moscow's Resilience To Sanctions
Turkiye-Africa Media Summit To Be Held In Istanbul On Occasion Of Africa Day Turkiye-Africa Media Summit To Be Held In Istanbul On Occasion Of Africa Day
Commodity Market Tends Toward Recovery Commodity Market Tends Toward Recovery
Asian Shares End Monday Mixed Amid Geopolitical Concerns Asian Shares End Monday Mixed Amid Geopolitical Concerns
Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - May 23, 2022 Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing - May 23, 2022
Turkish Cuisine Week Events Kick Off In Kuala Lumpur Turkish Cuisine Week Events Kick Off In Kuala Lumpur
Israel Reports 2Nd Suspected Case Of Monkeypox Israel Reports 2Nd Suspected Case Of Monkeypox
Turkiye 'Neutralizes' 12 YPG/PKK Terrorists In Northern Syria Turkiye 'Neutralizes' 12 YPG/PKK Terrorists In Northern Syria