Thanks to financial and material support of United Nations - World Food Program and hard work of the team of Kilimanjaro Hope Organization (KIHO). On Wednesday, 23 and Thursday, July 24th 2014; the Kilimanjaro Hope Organization had a pleasure to be able to supply 7 manual pumps to farmers of Minyala village. On Wednesday 23rd, the three development initiative groups namely, Miu Mwera Group, Mwamko Group and Kilimo Hai Group, each received a complete set of the Money Maker Pump.
This technology and machines will help in facilitating and make easier the work of irrigating the farms and vegetable gardens, instead of the old system of farmers carrying water by use of buckets from the wells to water their plants and seedlings throughout the agricultural season.
Minyala is ne of the villages in Vumari Ward, in Same district; one of the semi arid zones in Kilimanjaro region in Tanzania. The village comprises of approximately 1600 people (1606 inhabitants and a total of 315 households).
Geographically, this village is crossed by a seasonal river which appears like a basin accumulating waters from either-side Mountains, surrounding the village and supplying present subterranean (bottomless) water. The bottomless water tablecloth being little deep and for the moment insufficiency of wells (from two to three meters deep to access ground water) to be able to irrigate fields; the pumps will not only help in supplying water to a bigger and wider areas but also, reduce the burden experienced by farmers. These shallow wells are dug approximately every 30 meters to reduce the necessary routine (walking) for the manual irrigation of farms and gardens.
Hopefully, the appropriate utilization of pumps will have the following predicted benefits to the farmers:
- Reduced workload and time spent by men and women especially, for irrigating farms and gardens.
- Increment of economic multiple uses of run-off water for appropriate livelihood options e.g. small scale fish farming
- Increment of quantity of agricultural harvest per area per agricultural season
- Possibility to fit in other variety of crops and vegetable not formerly grown
- Introduction of third agricultural season in the village “ Dry Season Farming and Gardening”
- Attraction to middle men coming to buy agro products, at large quantity right from the fields.
- Good governance, accountability and leadership skills ▪ Gender empowerment and development
- Skills on preparing successful local fund raising events▪ Appropriate entrepreneurship skills
- Climate change and adaptation ▪ Environmental conservation measures
- Project ownership/monitoring/evaluation and sustainability
- Book keeping and simple financial accounting ▪ Writing of constitution/bylaws of the group
- Preparation of short and long term development plans for the group’s activities and initiatives
- Appropriate farming techniques of managing run-off waters aiming at promoting sustainable multiple uses of water
The farmers from Uhai Group (before and after) using Money Maker Pumps while irrigating vegetable gardens at Minyala village. The outcomes of this new technology are quite visible as you can see Mama Sophia Mohamed harvesting Broccoli (Sukuma Wiki) on Saturday 2nd of July 2014 – to be sold at the Sunday’s Market in Same District.