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TAHA partners with Plan international to fight unemployment in Mwanza

Posted on 20th Apr | 2021

Mwanza. TAHA in collaboration with Plan International in Mwanza has set up a demonstration plot for young people aged between 15 to 24 to acquire skills on how to produce fruits and vegetables to fight unemployment in the country. Speaking recently at the demo plot in Malimbe Village, Luchelele Ward in the region, an Agronomist from TAHA, Raymond Gervas said that if young people, including higher education professionals, will be equipped with knowledge on the horticultural crops’ cultivations, the entire agricultural value chain will help them address youth unemployment challenges. “We have 10 young people in this demo plot, who have cultivated tomatoes in a half-acre plot and expect to harvest more than 200 tomato crates with each fetching 25,000/- at the current market price. If properly managed they will have the capital to start another business,” Mr Gervas pointed out. Gervas further said TAHA provides training on the production of the horticultural crops in partnership with Plan International through “A Working Future Project (AWFP)” where the youth are trained on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to help them produce the crops productively. On his part, Plan International Project Manager, Nelson Msikula said the four-year project (2019 to 2022) aims at training 1,000 youths from Nyamagana and Ilemela districts in Mwanza. "We expect 55 percent of the beneficiaries of this training to be women, 5 percent people living with disabilities and the remaining percentage will be youth from poor families and unemployed intellectuals," Msikula said. Commenting on the viable solutions to the unemployment challenge, Mwanza City Mayor, Costantine Sima, tipped young people especially those from poor families to make use of the training and as well share ideas in the agricultural value chain to address unemployment in the country.

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