Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

4 August 2014

Tanzania: VETA Comes With New Irrigation Technology

Lindi — VOCATIONAL Education and Training Authority (VETA) and Kickstart International Tanzania, manufacturers of Money Maker water pumps, are jointly offering new irrigation technology to improve farming activities in the country.

The originality of the device water rotation sprinkler has passed through three different phases - 1997, 2004 and 2014 and can be applied in both large and small scale farming.

The innovation which is accredited to VETA instructor from Songea centre, Mr Sussack Mbulu can jointly operate with Money Maker pumps which are available almost in every region.

Talking to the 'Daily News' at the ongoing agrobusiness show dubbed Nanenane which takes place at National level at Ngongo Grounds, Lindi region.

Mr Mbulu noted that the innovation was fuelled by the fact that a number of farmers were using simple water cans and buckets.

He noted that such lowgrade equipment made it difficult for the irrigation farming to be sustainable and successful as efforts applied mismatched the output.

"For a number of years Tanzanian farmers have been using low-grade containers in irrigating their farms making them spend more time in covering a very small area. This actually hindered the effort of irrigation farming implementation," he noted.

He pointed out that the technology can used both normal cokes and electrical power thus can be applied in all areas with power access and without. He explained that the technology used in making the equipment involves adjustment system that allows setting the angle and increase the height thus watering even the larger area compared to normal water pumps.

Expounding the advantages of the technology, Mr Mbulu affirmed that with the sprinkler can be used in both high pressure and low water supply thus being more economical.

He added that the technology can also allow the farmers apply the pump in even steep slopes and greatly help in controlling soil erosion.

Kickstart International Tanzania Country Manager, Mr Peter Mkufya observed that introduction of such technology was a great milestone towards improving irrigation farming in the country.

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