Mara — TARIME District Council in Mara Region has provided a small scale farming group with a 44 ml/- brand new tractor via District Agriculture Development Programme (DADP) which is meant to help farmers boost production.
Area District Commissioner (DC) Mr John Henjewele handed over the tractor to Tembo Mazingira farming group members at a brief function held at the District Council premises late this week.The DC urged the project beneficiaries, majority of them being small scale farmers, to embark on best farming practices in a bid to increase yields.
"Implementation of modern farming starts with this tractor and we thank DADP for initiating this project. But it is also the outcome of the efficiency of your district council, it is now a trusted council", Mr Henjewele said when handing over the tractor to 32 members of the Tembo Mazingira group, all hailing from Nyabitocho village in the most fertile district of Mara region.
He also urged them to utilize extension officers to overcome some challenges that might hinder their performance.The DC used the opportunity to call Tarime residents to embark on farming activities with some seriousness. "We have fertile land but so far only 76 per cent of it is being utilized and I believe this tractor will be helpful", he said.
The number of tractors used for farming activities has now increased to 53 in the entire district, according to the Tarime District Agriculture Livestock and Cooperative Officer, Mr Sylvanus Gwiboha."The major aim is to increase production and we have secured one tractor via DADP programme, making the number of tractors we have in the whole district to 53," Mr Gwiboha said.
Tarime District Council has been getting millions of shillings to support farming and livestock keeping projects in various rural villages here in the recent years.In 2011/212, the council received 249m/- via DADP, according to Mr Gwiboha."It is out of this money that we have used 44 m/- to buy the tractor and the rest has been injected on other projects such as coffee, tea and cattle dips", the official said.
A number of Tembo Mazingira farming group members expressed optimism that the tractor will help them to get rid of poverty."We are indeed happy to get this tractor and my dream is to expand my farming activities in order to meet education costs of my children as well as building a decent house in future", Mrs Thabita Amos (40) , one of the beneficiaries, said.