Irrigation enables two onion harvests per year in Tanzania

09-02-2017
Farmers from the organisation Mviwata in Tanzania have inaugurated a new irrigation project. With support from Trias, they restored over 5 km of irrigation canals last year.
 
For the local arable farmers, the water provided by these irrigation canals is essential. This first became evident from a development plan drawn up by Trias Tanzania with partner organisation Mviwata Manyara, which represents 7,500 farmers.
 
'The Mviwata farmers wanted to make an income solely from growing onions and garlic. Without irrigation that is far-off dream', said Trias employee Sven Ten Napel. That is why last year Trias, together with Mviwata Manyara, invested money to restore three irrigation canals in three villages.
 
'Thanks to this, 627 farming families can now harvest their crops twice a year. Furthermore, we provided them with support on growing techniques. The result is that the farmers’ yields have more than doubled. And they also receive better prices, as Mviwata has successfully secured two interesting trade agreements', explained Ten Napel.

Spreading risks

Trias encourages Tanzanian farmers to spread risks by investing in production that is less affected by water shortages. In 2016, Mviwata received the resources to train 240 beekeepers who were also given beehives.
 
Water shortages have also resulted in thousands of cattle perishing in the north of the country in recent months, due to a lack of grazing land. The team from Trias Tanzania is working with the semi-nomadic cattle herders of the Maasai on an extensive set of measures to prevent things getting worse.