April 17, 2011
Training at KATC
Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFC) and Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MANR), Zanzibar, in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), have been implementing the "Technical Cooperation in Supporting Service Delivery Systems of Irrigated Agriculture" (widely known as "TANRICE") since June 2007. The 5-year Technical Cooperation is going to end in the coming June. For the purpose of summarizing and sharing of the achievements of the TANRICE with the stakeholders in the rice sector as well as discussing on the way forward, the 3-day TANRICE seminar from 17th April was held in Dar es Salaam.
In the seminar, TANRICE implementers such as KATC (Kilimanjaro Agricultural Training Centre), MATI (Ministry of Agriculture Training Institute)-Ilonga, MATI-Igurusi, MATI-Ukiriguru, KATI (Kizimbani Agricultural Training Institute) and Rice Research Programmes in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, reported their achievements in rice farming improvement. Outputs and impact of the standard training course on irrigated rice farming for more than 40 irrigation schemes, subject matter trainings on gender mainstreaming, irrigation scheme management and rice marketing, and registration and dissemination of NERICA (New Rice for Africa) varieties were shared among key rice stakeholders.
Mr. Motonori Tomitaka, Chief Adviser of TANRICE, presented the overview of the cooperation between Tanzania and Japan on rice industry development
In addition, the seminar provided an opportunity for participants to acquire practical and analytical knowledge on rice cultivation through some TANRICE collaborators. Mr. Tatsushi Tsuboi, a JICA expert working in a rice promotion project in Uganda, based on results obtained from experiments in the project briefly presented about rice cultivation techniques including NERICA. Dr. Yuko Nakano, a researcher of IRRI (International Rice Research Institute) Tanzania, presented results of a study on the impact of introduction of improved rice cultivation technologies and related training for paddy farmers.
About 100 participants from MAFC, MANR, Regional Offices, Zonal Irrigation and Technical Services Units, Agricultural Training Institutes and others (including experts of JICA and other donors working in the agricultural sector), shared the achievements and the way forward of the TANRICE. Irrigated rice cultivation technologies established in Kilimanjaro Region have been gradually disseminated to other irrigation schemes across the country along with capacity building of wide range of rice stakeholders including researchers, training tutors, extension officers and farmers.