The United Republic of Tanzania

Tanzania Set for Irrigation Sector Revolution

Tanzania is set for irrigation sector revolution as a new implemented Agricultural Park project in Kimamba village at Kilosa District is up and running in order to improve food production and security through irrigation farming. This project will allow farmers to rent farms for long term tenure at reasonable prices. Water and Irrigation Minister, Eng. Gerson Lwenge said in Dar es Salaam that feasibility study for the project worth 90m/-was at Kamamba village is complete, saying that the government of China through Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission had agreed to bankroll the project.

“The Agricultural Park in Kamamba village will ensure food security as well as adequate and reliable supply of water to the community in the area,” said the Minister shortly after meeting with a delegation from China to discuss the project. The delegation, which was led by Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission Chairman Zhang Kun, was on a three-day tour in the country.

The delegation jetted off for China yesterday after visiting the project site in Morogoro Region. Eng. Lwenge pointed out that the project will include construction of irrigation infrastructure and dam in a 2,400 hectors farm and that the project was the result of collective and tireless efforts by all parties working constructively in the spirit of mutual cooperation.

“We developed the idea of setting up the Agricultural Park from China and will learn a lot from the project,” observed the Minister. According to the Shanghai Municipal Agricultural Commission Chairman, Zhang Kun, their tour in the country was aimed at providing them with an opportunity to learn Tanzania’s investment policies in and they chose Tanzania because of good friendship between two countries for so many years.

“China and Tanzania have enjoyed historical relations, and the project demonstrates good bilateral relations of the two countries and we are looking forward to improve it even further,” he said. The meeting was also attended by Permanent Secretary, Dr. Adelhelm Meru from Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and representatives from Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) and Exporting Processing Zones Authority (EPZA).