27 January 2013

Tanzania: Rubada Starts Youth Agricultural Camps in Ludewa

RUFIJI Basin Development Authority (RUBADA) is set to start youth camps in Ludewa District, Njombe region, as a way to encourage them to effectively participate in agricultural activities in line with the Southern Agriculture Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) and Kilimo Kwanza initiative.

The Authority wants to organize youths in the region and make them more productive for their benefit and the country at large and do away from bad habit of sitting idle. The RUBADA Director General, Mr Aloyce Masanja revealed this during a capacity building seminar to various leaders at the district on the importance of SAGCOT and Kilimo Kwanza initiative.

"We have decided to improve youth's welfare through such camps," he said, adding that the system has already bore fruits in Kilombero, Morogoro region. He said RUBADA plans to shape youths mindsets and show them the potential in the country's agricultural sector.

Giving an example, he said that Tanzanians should emulate South Korea which has used agriculture to attain impressive development in recent decades. "It is agriculture that will move this country to another level...let us treasure it," he said, adding that people especially youths should embrace SAGCOT and Kilimo Kwanza.

He said that Ludewa district has a lot of potentials in agriculture and that they should be proud and utilise well the opportunities that are available in the sector.

Ludewa district Executive Director, Mr Fidelis Lumato said the district has a total of 839,700 hectors of which 207,200 hectors are suitable for irrigation.

SAGCOT is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) that hopes to catalyze on the private sector investment that will bring major benefits to domestic food supply, engage with smallholder farmers and local communities and strive to do so in an environmental sustainable way.

The 2011 SAGCOT investment blueprint envisions clusters of profitable farming and agricultural service businesses supported by coordinated investments in infrastructure, value chains, farming systems, and human capital. Innovative financing mechanisms, including a multi-donor catalytic investment fund, will leverage over 2bn US dollars of private investments.

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