- Saturday 14th April 2012
Around two hundred and fifty residents turned out for the Farmer Field Day in Chololo Ecovillage. After a tour of the village, five farmers were presented with prizes (of mobile phones) by the Guest of Honour for demonstrating good practice in the use of climate change adaptation technologies. The village drama group performed songs about climate change, reinforcing the learning and encouraging villagers to try out the new techniques. Guest of Honour Dr. Simon Muniko, the Deputy Regional Administrative Secretary, gave a rousing speech and the Deputy Mayor of Dodoma, Jumanne Ngede, spoke from the heart and led the assembly in prayer for continued success. Project leader Dr Francis Njau gave the latest progress report (below). The event featured on national TV news. See pictures and video below for a flavour of the event.
Farmer Field Day Prizewinners
- Stephano Chifwaguzi (m) – Pearl Millet
- James Maligana (m) – Sunflower
- Alesi Ndebesi (f) – Sorghum
- Jennifa Msihi (f) – Intercropping
- Asnati Masianga (f) – Community Support
- Capacity building approx 400 farmers through intensive training on Good Agricultural Practices: tillage and land preparation, spacing, intercropping, soil water conservation (45 trained), production of quality declared seeds (33 trained).
- Introduction and supply of 24 ox-drawn tillage implements (Magoye ripper, ox weeder, ox ridger, ox plough). (80 farmers trained).
- Introduction and supply of improved seeds (drought tolerant / high yeilding / early maturing): sorghum (100 farmers), pearl millet (190), cow peas (122), groundnuts (8), sunflower (112).
- Sub sector selection and analysis to identify income generation activity of most benefit to women (191 farmers involved);
- Widespread take up of agricultural innovations has led to very promising results particularly food security.
- Capacity building training on livestock keeping: cattle (26 farmers trained – 6F), goats (28 farmers trained -10 female) and chicken (64 farmers trained – 38 female);
- Supply of 30 improved Mpwapwa breed bulls, 60 blended goat bucks, 15 (of 120) improved cocks. Supply of acaracide for tick control, and other veterinary drugs;
- Established 5 acres of improved pastures (Cenchrus ciliaris / Clitoria ternatea), and 5 acres of browse species (Leuceana pallida).
- Study of groundwater level changes over recent years;
- Replacement of village borehole fittings, and re-establishment of water supply to all domestic water points;
- Construction of rainwater roof catchment at primary school and 3 x 20,000 litre ground tanks.
Natural Resources Progress
- Trained 133 community members and village leaders on afforestation, nursery management and tree planting;
- Distributed 16,000 tree seedlings (Leuceana, Acacia polycanth, Neem, Mango, Guava) to 208 households, 6 churches, 1 primary school, 1 dispensary;
- Planted 3,000 trees planted in 3 acres of village forest reserve.
- Construction of ecovillage office foundation, walls and lintels.
- Scarcity of village reserve land for afforestation as some land has been used for agriculture;
- Additional funding for completion of village office is not identified;
- Project launched in Oct, compressing timescale for deployment of rain dependent interventions.
- Continued project implementation, including:
- Alternative energy (fuel efficient stoves / biogas plants);
- Low cost economy development, promotion of access to technology transfer microfinance;
- Construction of sand and subsurface dams and cattle trough, capacity building water user groups, integrated village water use management;
- Preparation of participatory land use plan, community based forest management, tree nurseries,
- Completion of ecovillage office;
- Soil analysis, registration of seed producers group, farmers field days;
- Preservation of crop residues for dry season feeding, botanical composition study, follow up of livestock;
- Best practice dissemination to other communities and stakeholders.