7 April 2016

Tanzania: Kilindi to Promote Cassava Cultivation

Kilindi — Kilindi District has launched a campaign to ensure food security and promote the production of alternative cash crops.

District executive director Mwajina Lipinga said in an interview recently that under the drive the cultivation of cassava would be promoted.

According to Ms Lipinga, cashew, mango and sunflower farming will also be stressed.

The district has been depending on maize and beans as cash and food crops, but they have failed because of dry spells. District agriculture and irrigation official Godian Gwiyago said Sh49.49 million had been set aside to buy seeds for 500 acres this season.

He said cassava was preferable because it was resistant to drought. "We believe that we can end food shortages by focusing on cassava farming."

The district has issued a directive that every household should plant at least one acre of cassava. He said 60 per cent of the 49,000 households targeted for cultivation of cassava had implemented the directive.

at Pagwi, Lwande, Kimbe and Kikunde wards. The major challenge facing the programme, according to him, has been the shortage of seedlings.

The district has set aside 250 acres for production improved cassava seedlings. "Improved seedlings have been planted on 83 acres, but the target is to reach 250 acres," he said.

He also spoke of efforts to enhance the cultivation of short-term crops such as sunflower to increase incomes for farmers and stop dependency on beans and maize as cash crops. He also added that the district had set aside Sh5.6 million to promote the crop cultivation.

Meanwhile, Kilindi District plans to conduct research on cardamom farming. Mlingano Agricultural Research Institute in Muheza has been requested to conduct soil sampling to know exactly in which parts of the district the crop can thrive.Kilindi. Kilindi District has launched a campaign to ensure food security and promote the production of alternative cash crops.

District executive director Mwajina Lipinga said in an interview recently that under the drive the cultivation of cassava would be promoted.

According to Ms Lipinga, cashew, mango and sunflower farming will also be stressed.

The district has been depending on maize and beans as cash and food crops, but they have failed because of dry spells. District agriculture and irrigation official Godian Gwiyago said Sh49.49 million had been set aside to buy seeds for 500 acres this season.

He said cassava was preferable because it was resistant to drought. "We believe that we can end food shortages by focusing on cassava farming."

The district has issued a directive that every household should plant at least one acre of cassava. He said 60 per cent of the 49,000 households targeted for cultivation of cassava had implemented the directive.

at Pagwi, Lwande, Kimbe and Kikunde wards. The major challenge facing the programme, according to him, has been the shortage of seedlings.

The district has set aside 250 acres for production improved cassava seedlings. "Improved seedlings have been planted on 83 acres, but the target is to reach 250 acres," he said.

He also spoke of efforts to enhance the cultivation of short-term crops such as sunflower to increase incomes for farmers and stop dependency on beans and maize as cash crops. He also added that the district had set aside Sh5.6 million to promote the crop cultivation.

Meanwhile, Kilindi District plans to conduct research on cardamom farming. Mlingano Agricultural Research Institute in Muheza has been requested to conduct soil sampling to know exactly in which parts of the district the crop can thrive.

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