Arusha. At least 30,000 horticultural farmers throughout the country have benefited from training on modern crop growing, including drip irrigation under a Netherlands-supported project.
This was revealed here last week by a senior extension officer with the Sevia project Mary Maganga during a farmers' demostration day in Arumeru district, the horticultural growing zone in Arusha region..
The six year project which commenced in 2014 also aimed to improve productivity through the use of improved seeds and soil enriching fertilizers. It will end in 2020.
"Drip irrigation would ensure crop production goes on the year round", she said, adding that 30 farmers have been trained each month, bringing the number to 30,000 since then.
Sevia is implementing the project jointly with Riskzwaan Limited, a seed company based in Arusha and East West Seed Limited from Kilimanjaro region.