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.
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!
The official launch attracted a lot of attention in the media. Here you find a selection of newspaper articles:
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