Newscast from Tanzania: the Chinese technology helps the local farmers obtain high rice yield of 10t/ha in the demo paddy plots in 4 villages, Dakawa, Morogoro

In the rain season in 2016/2017, the Chinese experts from the Tanzanian Demonstration Centre of China Agricultural Technology at Dakawa, Morogoro, in cooperation with the local experts from ARI_Chollima of MALF and the agricultural extension officers from Dakawa ward and Mvomero district, Morogoro region, have carried out the village level rice cultivation demonstration project in the rain fed plots in Wami Sokoine village and Wami Luhindo village and in the irrigated plots in Wami Dakawa village and Kwa Muhuzi village, Dakawa, Morogoro, with 60 farmers involved and several hundreds more local farmers in the district encouraged.

Under the demonstration project, the Chinese experts provide the local farmer the guideline of paddy rice cultivation technology for high yield, the technical instruction and consultation in field as well as a certain amount of seeds, fertilizers and chemicals. The local farmer learnt and practiced the Chinese technology in the demonstration paddy plots.

As the result, the rice in demonstrated paddy plots has performed very well, with bump harvests. According to farmers’ own yield weighing in the harvest, the unit yield in the 2 rain fed demo plots has reached 8.06 t/ha (3.23t/acre) in average, with the maximum of 8.60 t/ha (3.44 t/acre); meanwhile, the unit yield in the 4 irrigated demo plots has reached 8.95 t/ha (3.58t/acre) or nearly 9 t/ha in average, with the maximum of 10.08 t/ha (4.03 t/acre), the attached APPENDIX_A Short Report on the Village Demonstration Project Written by Mr. Rajun Ismail Kisavuli can be taken as the reference.

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With the high yield records in the paddy demo plots in the 4 village, the Chinese technology has been warmly praised and willingly received by local the farmers. More and more local farmers show their intention to apply the Chinese technology in their own paddy fields for the high yield and good income in the coming years.

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Fig.1 The local farmers are practicing the transplant technology in the paddy demo plot in Wami Sokoine village, Dakawa, Morogoro

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Fig.2 The rice seedlings after transplant in the paddy demo plot in Wami Sokoine village, Dakawa, Morogoro

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Fig.3 Local farmers praised the Chinese technology in the paddy demo plot in Wami Sokoine village, Dakawa, Morogoro

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Fig.4 Chinese expert and local farmers looked at the rice performance in the paddy demo plot in Wami Sokoine village, Dakawa, Morogoro
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Fig.5 Chinese expert and local extending officers made a check in the paddy demo plot in Kwa Muhuzi village, Dakawa, Morogoro

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Fig.6 The rice are ready to be harvested in the paddy demo plot in Wami Sokoine village, Dakawa, Morogoro

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Fig.7 The local farmer were dancing to celebrate the bump harvest in the paddy demo plot in Wami Sokoine village, Dakawa, Morogoro

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Fig.8 The local farmers looked at the rice performance in the paddy demo plot in Wami Luhindo village, Dakawa, Morogoro

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Fig.9 The local farmers’ field day in the paddy demo plot in Wami Luhindo village, Dakawa, Morogoro

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Fig.10 The excellent performance in the paddy demo plot in Kwa Muhuzi village, Dakawa, Morogoro

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Fig.11 The field evaluation on the performance in the paddy demo plot in Kwa Muhuzi village, Dakawa, Morogoro

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Fig.12 The extension offices from Mvomero district and Dakawa ward made comments on the good performance and high yield in the paddy demo plot in Kwa Muhuzi village, Dakawa, Morogoro

APPENDIX: A Short Report on the Village Demonstration Project Written by Mr. Rajun Ismail Kisavuli, the Ward Extension Officer from Dakawa Ward, Mvomero District, Morogoro Region

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The Chinese experts visited Sokoine village,Dakawa,Morogoro,Tanzania for technologic demonstration

Video: the Chinese experts visited Sokoine village,Dakawa,Morogoro,Tanzania for technologic demonstration

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A Glimpse of Tanzanian: A Group of Lions on the Tree in the East African Savannah

People often say that ants can climb up on the tree, we are accustomed to the saying; even there is a kind of dishes called ‘ants on the tree’. But if you talk about the lion climbing on the tree, many people would think that is weird. With a body so big, how can a lion climb up on the tree? It is not a cat! Some of the information on the lion said, because the lion is a feline, so it can also climb up on the tree. To my memory, there was a booklet which gave the introduction on the Lake Manyara National Park, it said that, in the park, when the leopards and lions did not hunt on the preys, they generally habitat on the tree.

As to the saying that lions can climb up on the tree, I also not used to believe in it, just thought that it was only a legend, not truth. However, in the East African savannah, by the occasional personal experience, I have witnessed the fact that the lions did climb up on the tree. Here, let me make a detailed introduction to the readers on my witness of a group lion climbing up on tree in the East Africa prairie.

That day, we took a sport utility vehicle and drove in the Serengeti prairie. After having seen some other animals, the driver and guide constantly exchanged the information on the whereabouts of the lions with his colleagues through the high-power walkie-talkies, trying to locate a place to see the lions. He also kept driving in the grasslands to seek the lions. He looked for a long time, it seems that where were no results, without any trace of the lion.

After a short break at a camp in the National Park, we went on the road to look for the lions. About less than 20 minutes of driving, the driver pointed to a tree in front of the distance and said the there was a lion on that tree. Then, he drove the car near the tree. We fixed our eyes on the tree which stood alone on the huge prairie, on one of its large branches there sat a female lion.

Previously, although I have seen the wild lions for many times, each time I saw them having activities on the ground or lying. This time, I have really seen the lion in the tree for the first time in my life. Oh, not only ants can climb up on the tree, but also the lion can climb up on the tree. The lioness sat on the branch for a while, then stood up again. Then, like a cat, walked on the branches. Our car stayed there, we faced at the lioness on the tree and looked her for a long time before we took leave.

The next day, as planned, we had to leave Serengeti and proceed towards Ngorongoro. Because we did not see so many lions on last day, the tour guide feel sorry for us. He decided not to take the northern route of Serengeti, which he often traveled, and drove the car towards Ngorongoro on a southern route that he had not taken.

By going on the south route, I got a windfall. First of all, we met the flamingo in a small lake after we drove a short distance. After having watched the flamingo, we went on the road for half an hours, and saw a spectacle again. In front of us, there were several cars around a tree; the people inside the car were watching something. General speaking, this should certainly be some good things out there.

We approached a little nearer and had a look, the case was that there habitat with a dozen lions on that tree! Not only on the tree, under the tree, another dozen of lions were lying on the grass . The lions on the tree were most lazily lying on the branches, with their limbs hanging down, seemingly sleeping there or taking leisure. Of course, some lions which sat on the upper part of the branches looking around, behaving like guards. Compared to the above mentioned scene of a single lioness on a tree, the case of so many lions perched on the tree in all directions was really a rare spectacle.

By facing at the group of lions on the tree, we took photos for a while, as it was a rare opportunity to see so many lions, especially on the tree. At that moment, there appeared a new situation. From a little distance, I saw a large lioness waking out of the bushes at the other side of the meadow below the tree. This large lioness was seemingly very prestigious among the group of the lions both on the tree and below the tree; she might be the grandmother of the lions. Because as soon as she appeared, some lions below the tree started to walk or run towards her. A few lions on the tree also climb down from the tree to walk towards and greet the large lioness. According to the tour guide, the large lioness might have captured some prey over there, then she came here to call the other lions to follow her for sharing the prey. As lions were walking, they just passed two SUV typed vehicles in front of us, people inside the car were busy with photographing at the lions and to I even took down the pictures of the lions together with the people inside the SUV to prove that the lions were very closed to the people. A famous poem by Bian Zhilin could give a good description of such scene: you stand on the bridge to see the scenery, the one who stays upstairs and see the scenery is looking at you, the moon has decorated your window, and you have decorate someone else’s dream .

I did not know how long we stayed there for watching the lions. Finally we decided to leave. We tried to go in the direction of Ngorongoro. We turn a few circles on the way, and we also saw an African wild dog. Somehow, we were led back again in front of the same tree where the group of lions habitat. However, this time we stopped the car in a better position, in the positive light direction of the lion tree. Because of the right direction of light and a closer distance with the lions on the tree, we took a lot of better photos this time. I also shot a few selfies by taking the lions on tree as the background. As we were too close to the lions on the branches, they seemed can jump from the tree into our car.

Such a good opportunity, such a good angle, I should utilize it. Cha, Cha, Cha, Cha, by facing at the lions on the tree, I took lots of photos of them in different poses. These photos were rare for me, very valuable ones. To our opposite, on the other side of the tree, there also parked two cars, the people inside the cars were shooing photos of lions on the tree or under the tree.

After the photo shooting, we went on the road again. After encountered with the Bianconeri numbered in tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands which were in the migration, as well as the number of elephants, the miracle for us to see lions was not over yet. Our car approached a plot of bushes and high grasses about 10 meters in diameter. The tour guide told us that when he was far away from the bushes, he had known that there were lions hid inside the bush plot. Then, he push hard the throttle of SUV typed vehicles, issued a huge roar. Sure enough, the huge roar scared out several lions.rom the bushes. Hehe, although the lions were not afraid of people, they feared of the SUV typed vehicle driven by people. They were three lions and one lioness. Our driver and tour guide used to be a staff at the Serengeti National Park, involved in the protection of wildlife. He was very familiar with the habits of lion, in very far distance he could tell if there was a lion or not. He was not afraid of the lion. This time, even he made a fun with the lions. He drove the car towards one male lion and chased it, which scared the male lion escape desperately by running its four feet. Hehe, lions were also afraid of people, this was the first time for me to having seen it in my life. Of course, the lion was not afraid of people, but it was afraid of the SUV type vehicle inside which we stayed, and which looked like a monster. We sat inside the car, so we dared to catch up with the lion. However, if you dare to get off the car to try, you will immediately be torn into eight pieces by lions.

Well, this is the story about the lions climbing up on the tree, I hope you readers will like it. The photos which I took in that experience with lions should be very rare.

 

 

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Video Briefing:Chinese experts entered Milama village, Dakawa ward to carry out rice and maize demonstration works

On the 29th, 12th month in Chinese lunar calendar, a lot of Chinese people were on the way back home for the Chinese New Year. However, the Chinese experts Agricultural experts working in Tanzanian Demonstration Centre of China Agricultural Technology were also on the road, but not on their way home, they were on the way to a local village.

On January 24, 2017, the three Chinese experts from Tanzanian Demonstration Center of China Agricultural Technology, in accompanied by an agricultural extension official from Dakawa Township, came to Milama village, Dakawa ward, Morogoro region to carry out the work of demonstration plots of rice and maize cultivation . The experts were in the implementation of Dakawa demonstration villages project by China agricultural technology in favor of Tanzania, Milama village is one of the five demonstration villages in the project.

In the Milama village, three experts met with the village leader, village agricultural technian and more than 10 representatives of local farmers, and went to the scene to observe and implement the rice, corn demonstration site plots. In the meeting with the villagers, the Chinese experts introduced to the villagers the demonstration village project, as well as the cultivation requirements for the rice and maize demonstration field.

As to the lack of water in the village, Chinese experts focused on how to solve the technical problems of rice and corn cultivation by using of rainy season, such as formation of land, enough base fertilizer, timely sowing, the use of short growth period varieties, with reservoirs for water conditions and other technical key points for cultivation.

The attached video can be regarded as the scene record of this rural activity by Chinese experts.

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Newsletter in Video: The demonstration of Chinese technology promotes local Tanzanian farmers to do better farming

In order to give full play to the platform functions, the Chinese experts from Tanzanian Demonstration Center of China Agricultural Technology, through the cultivation demonstration and technology transferring,  promote Tanzanian local farmers to develop production. In the rainy season of 2016, the rice cultivation techniques and varieties from the Chinese demo centre were s successfully demonstrated at the Mituro Farm in the Rufiji district, Coast region. Rice, maize and vegetables were grown at the Mituro farm during the dry season for demonstration. The experts of the demo centre went to the farm for technical guidance. From the current situation, the demonstration cultivation of these types of crops in the dry  is progressing well, the vegetables, corn and rice are growing very nice.

The successful demonstration of China’s agricultural technology in Mituro Farm has greatly promoted the enthusiasm of local farmers in application of Chinese agricultural technology. They have organized themselves spontaneously and want to learn and apply the advanced agricultural technology from China through the form of farmers’ cooperative organizations, to carry out agricultural production,  Increase yield and income, make fortune. Mr. Mituro, a major grower in the Rufiji region, presented a name list booklet  of local farmers ‘cooperatives to the Center’ s experts and said that there were 2,900 people who were engaged in the farmer’s cooperative organization  in the Rufiji area, with an average of 2 to 3 acres per person. The Farmer Cooperative has 120 teams, each with 15-30 people.

During the course of technical extension, the experts from the Demonstration Centre of China Agricultural Technology held talks with some farmer representatives of the cooperative organization in the farmland. They exchanged views on seed, technology, training and farm machinery needed by them.

The following video shows the field field performances of  vegetables, maize and rice grown in the dry season at the Mituro’s Farm, as well as the view exchange between Chinese agricultural experts and some farmers’ representatives.

Video 1: Demonstration of Chinese technology has promoted the Tanzanian local farmers to organize themselves to take the path of cooperation.

 

 

Video 2: Chinese corn variety Xinzhongyu 801 enters Tanzania farmer demonstration field

 

 

 

Video 3: Chinese Experts carried out the rice  cultivation demonstration in dry season for local farmers in Rufiji Region, Coast Region.

Video 4: Chinese technology and seeds have promoted Tanzanian farmers grow out beautiful vegetables.

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Chinese Demo Centre Held Training Program for the Tanzanian Local University Students

In January, 2017, in combination of the Training Program for the Local University Students in Practice Stage initialed by the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania with the arrange of Mvomero district council, Morogoro region, there held the training activities for the students in practice from Dar es Salaam CANRE College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the Tanzanian Demonstration Centre of China Agricultural Technology. The group of students in practice includes 18 persons, guided by 2 officials from Dakawa Ward Council, Morogoro region.

During their first stage of practice in the demonstration centre, they had field practice activities in the subjects of rice cultivation technology, maize cultivation technology, vegetable cultivation technology, banana tissue culture technology and egg layer hens raising technology.  They have also attended the classroom lectures to learn about the research, experiments and demonstration results of the demonstration centre, meanwhile they have received training course of the paddy rice cultivation for high yield.

In the field practice activities and the classroom lectures, the students paid much attention to the subjects and listen to the Chinese experts very carefully. Meanwhile, during the training program, many students actively raised questions and got satisfactory explanations from the Chinese experts.  At the last part of the program, some students made speeches to show their gratitude to the Chinese experts in the demonstration centre for give their advanced technology lectures and field practice chance. They also said that they had learnt a lot from the practice program, the knowledge they had picked up in the demonstration centre would be very useful to their future jobs.

This is the first stage of the practice program, and in the beginning of February, when the demonstration centre prepare the paddy filed and nursery as well as sowing,  they will come here again to participate the second stage of the practice program.

Practice in paddy field

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Practice in paddy rice mechanical harvest

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Practice in the maize field

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Practice in the maize field

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Practice in the vegetable field

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Practice in the banana tissue culture laboratory

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Practice in the banana tissue culture laboratory

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Practice in the banana tissue culture laboratory

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Practice in mango orchard

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Practice in tissue cultured banana orchard

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Practice in egg layer hens raining house

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Classroom lecture

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Classroom lecture

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Classroom lecture

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Classroom lecture

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After the classroom lecture, some students make speech

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Group photo

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The Hotel Music Performance in Zanzibar

The hotel music performance in the east coast beach of Zanzibar, with the female customers dancing vividly.

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