IT has been said that phasing out Livelihood Enhancement through Agricultural Development (LEAD) Project interventions will not hamper poultry created markets for vaccination services among the lead producer groups and neighbouring communities economically.
Opening the LEAD project dissemination workshop organised by BRAC Maendeleo Tanzania here yesterday, Mwanza Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr John Monghela, said that overall these community poultry created markets for their vaccination services and vaccines were collected from Agrovert.
He said that investment fund clients are developing themselves as a potential provider of products and services in terms of day old chicks, feeds and seeds in the LEAD working regions which might enhance in acquiring the services at smallholder farmer’s level.
The project has trained farmers and their groups and they are in a position to link buyers and other actors as per their needs. Repeatedly the smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs can receive loans from BRAC finance team and will be able to expand their business.
The Project Manager, LEAD project BRAC Maendeleo Tanzania, Mr Hem Roy said that the smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs can receive loans from BRAC finance team and will be able to expand their businesses, saying that hopefully these mutual beneficial interrelationships will continue in the future.
He said that LEAD project is going to phase out this year but nothing will change in terms of continuing to provide poultry services because LEAD producer groups and neighboring communities will continue to collect vaccines from Agroverts and performing these services commercially.
Mr Roy noted that the project had an impact as yields and income have increased by 400 per cent and 194 per cent in the case of maize. The number of poultry increased to 85 per cent while eggs increased to 30 per cent. Income from selling eggs and birds increased to 78 per cent after the project interventions.
Moreover, farmers selling products through collective arrangement increased maize at 14 per cent and poultry 22 per cent, non-local arrangement made maize to increase at 14 per cent and poultry 25.8 per cent. The adoption rates have increased to above 97 per cent in the potential agronomic practices and 81 per cent adopted the rearing practices by poultry farmers.
By working with farmers and the private sector, the capacity of the farmers to access quality inputs were increased, where maize increased by 83 per cent and poultry by 86 per cent.
Mr Roy said that 600 Community Poultry Promoters (CPPs) are providing vaccines commercially, which resulted in 31 percent reduction in mortality rate of chicken among the project participants and neighbouring communities.
He said that LEAD has good collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, local extension department, private sectors and other stakeholders in performing poultry and maize services in the country.
During the project implementation, LEAD project accomplished a lot of successful interventions like capacity development of 10,500 smallholders maize and poultry farmers, provided Agri-finance loan to 24,500 farmers and grant support to 50 entrepreneurs for expanding their businesses and services.
The project also developed 89 agro-vert and agro-dealers and 168 maize and poultry traders and established linkage with 10 potential private companies.