The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), through the ENABLE TAAT project in Tanzania, successfully organized and conducted a series of comprehensive training sessions aimed at empowering youth farmers across various regions. These trainings, held in Morogoro, Dar es Salaam, the Coast Region, Dodoma, and Iringa, covered diverse agricultural topics, including pest identification, the use of protective equipment for sprayers, cassava production, fish farming, poultry management, and rice production and processing.

In Morogoro’s Mvomero and Kilombero districts, Daar es Salaam’s Kinondoni and Ubungo districts, the Coast Region’s Mkuranga district, Dodoma Town, and Iringa’s Kilolo district, around 1,370 young farmers were trained. They gained valuable skills in cassava and rice production, pest control, fish farming, fertilizer making, and poultry farming. The training sessions emphasized practical applications such as fighting Fall Armyworms and enhancing rice processing and value addition, aiming to create sustainable agricultural practices and expand agribusiness opportunities for the youth.

These sessions were conducted in collaboration with the Aquaculture Association of Tanzania (AAT), Tusumuke Youth Group, the National Microfinance Bank (NMB) Foundation, and local government extension officers. The training objectives were clear: to provide knowledge on pest control, equip participants with advanced agricultural practices, and impart entrepreneurship skills necessary for sustainable agribusiness.

Various training methods, including lectures, field practical, presentations, farm visits, and group discussions, ensured that participants fully understood the material. The young farmers entered these courses eager to learn about pest control, fish farming, agricultural technology, poultry farming value chains, and effective financial management for their agricultural businesses. By the end of the training, they were equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to enhance their farming practices, ensuring both surplus production and sustainable business models.

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