WATER PUMP MACHINES TO YOUTH GROUPS IN GWATA WARD, MOROGORO RURAL DISTRICT TO FACILITATE PRODUCTION AND ENGAGEMENT OF YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE.

MVIWATA provided two (2) water pump machines to two youth groups namely MASHUJAA Group and UWAVIGWATA Group all found in Gwata ward, Morogoro rural District. The two groups presented their needs to MVIWATA during Nane nane farmers exhibition held from 1st -8th August 2019 so that they can engage fully in Agriculture production and mitigate their challenges.

MVIWATA assessed their needs by discussing with the particular youth groups and visited their fields of production and finally realized the necessity of providing youths groups with water pump machines.

Mr, Nickson Elly, Economic Empowerment Unit Officer at MVIWATA during provision of water pump machines urged youths in particular groups to utilize effectively the machines given and that such machines should not be a source of conflict among them.

Mr, Nickson emphasized youths to use such machines as a starting point with a vision of increasing production of horticultures produced by two groups and thereby increase capital that can be used to buy other needed facilities including addition of machines.

The Ward Executive Officer (WEO) together with a Village Executive Officer (VEO) and youths in general thanked MVIWATA for fulfilling its promise that was given during Nane nane farmers exhibition in August. Youths emphasized on sensitizing fellow youths to form groups in order to have one voice in advocating and defending their interests.

Youths also made a commitment to manage well water pump machines of which it was a much needed tool for easy irrigation of their horticultures in fields.

Previously the two groups of youths were expensively borrowing the machines and sometimes the machines for borrowing were not available of which it led to poor performance of crops and hence loss of resources.

MVIWATA’s mission is to unite smallholder farmers in groups and networks in order to protect their interests through capacity development, facilitating communication and advocacy on policies and systems.

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