Farmers in Iguguno and Tumuli are continuing to work on protection of their land by planting fertilizer trees and diversifying their crops.
Farmers in Trees for the Future's program are continuing to learn how to best diversify their crops with a combination of fruit and nut trees as well as vegetables. Farmers pick their drought-resistant and hardy crop portfolio to best meet the nutritional needs of their family and to respond to local market opportunities. The provided graphic shows the dietary needs being met by each crop.
Vegetable planting will begin in this region in December 2019.
Our Tanzania Country Coordinator, Heri Rashid, best describes the continuing water challenges in his country:
“There continues to be few water sources in Singida especially Iguguno (Singida#1), Tumuli (Singida#2 and Siuyu (Singida#3) wards where we are working. Many water sources are seasonal which lasts for about 2 to 3 months after the rain stops. Farmers have to walk a distance (more than 4 Km) reaching for domestic use as well as watering nurseries. Those water sources are publicly owned and farmers has to pay 50Tsh (0.022$) for 20 liter plastic drum. Farmers with a nursery of 4000 seedlings farmers need to use a water drum of 240 liters per day, which costs $1.86. There are people within the area who fetch water and distribute the water to the community using ox carts. Trees For The Future continues to help farmers purchase water for their nurseries in all projects.
We remain focused in supplying water for Forest Gardens so that farmers can water trees and vegetables during the dry season. For now, vegetable production during the dry season is difficult. By working with farmers, we are constructing a 10,000 liter tank so that farmers are able to water their Forest Gardens for 3 or more months.”
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