Igunga Eco-village officially launched

Hon Aggrey Mwanri cuts the project ribbon and officially launches the project
Hon Aggrey Mwanri cuts the project ribbon and officially launches the project

The Igunga eco-village project has been up and running for almost a year now. The official launch took place on 22 March 2016.

A large number of guests had travelled to Igunga on the morning of the 22nd. The minister for Agriculture, hon. Mwigulu Nchemba was represented by the new Regional Commissioner, Commissioner in Tabora region, Hon. Aggrey Mwanri. Head of the natural resources section at the EU delegation in Tanzania, Gianluca Azzoni, was there, together with the program officer for Climate Change and Environment, Maria Chiara Femiano. Mr Godlove Stephen, program officer at the Ministry of Finance had come. There were delegations from the Pemba and Chololo eco-villages. There were journalists from various media. And there were many guests from Igunga.

In the morning an impressive line-up of cars stirred up a lot of dust, bringing the group of visitors to three project locations. A new tree plantation at the centre of Mbutu ward was well maintained, with an ingenious watering system. Rice farmers explained to the guests what they had already learned to improve their rice fields. They also demonstrated how fish cum paddy cultivation is mutually beneficiary for fish and rice production. A last visit to the fish ponds where fingerlings are produced gave insight in the ways this new venture can improve households’ incomes.

Head of the natural resources section at the EU delegation in Tanzania, Gianluca Azzoni , explains why the EU is investing in the Eco-villages. He is translated by the EDF program officer at the Ministry of Finance, Godlove Stephen.
Head of the natural resources section at the EU delegation in Tanzania, Gianluca Azzoni , explains why the EU is investing in the Eco-villages. He is translated by the EDF program officer at the Ministry of Finance, Godlove Stephen.

The afternoon brought a lively mix of singing, dancing and speeches, with the new Regional Commissioner stealing the show with a long and humorous speech, urging his people to act, not wait for things to happen. The project was launched by the cutting of a ribbon and the planting of a tree. We’re ready to start year 2!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media attention
The official launch attracted a lot of attention in the media. Here you find a selection of newspaper articles:
http://allafrica.com/stories/201603250535.html
http://futures.tradingcharts.com/news/futures/Igunga_Eco_Village_Worth_Replicating_Countrywide__opinion__249237733.html
http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Business/Eco-village-project-eyes-72-000-people/-/1840414/3130200/-/jjrhtv/-/index.html
http://www.busiweek.com/index1.php?Ctp=2&pI=4967&pLv=3&srI=84&spI=463&cI=25
http://dailynews.co.tz/index.php/business/48232-eco-village-project-launched-at-igunga
http://allafrica.com/stories/201603310138.html

http://www.kaziyangu.us/2016/03/paddy-fish-farming-project-to-benefit.html

The launch was also covered on tv:
• ITV on 24th March 2016
• TBC on 25th March 2016
• Star TV on 25th March 2016
• Channel Ten TV 0n 28th March 2016

The official launch attracted a lot of attention in the media.
The official launch attracted a lot of attention in the media.
 Igunga Eco-village officially launched

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