Tanzania’s Membe Dam project is making good progress in its construction. Anthony Mavunde, the country’s deputy minister of agriculture, expressed satisfaction after visiting the location for an inspection.
The dam project, which is being built in the Dodoma Region’s Chamwino District, intends to strengthen the nation’s agricultural industry. It is a component of the government’s plans for the 2022–2023 fiscal year, which also call for building 14 dams across the nation with a combined storage capacity of 12 billion litres of water.
The dam’s primary function after completion will be for irrigation. Additionally, infrastructure will be put in place to facilitate the watering of cattle and the provision of water to the nearby settlements.
“This dam will give residents the means to simplify farming and grazing activities, changing their social and economic circumstances. The budget for the Ministry of Agriculture has expanded under the leadership of President Samia Suluhu Hassan, with a significant portion going toward irrigation projects. The goal is to make sure we have dependable water supplies and give farmers the ability to operate their farms all year long, according to Mr. Mavunde.
The budgetary allotment for the agriculture sector has climbed to a staggering 954 billion dollars for the fiscal year 2022-2023, up from 294 billion dollars that were allotted during the prior fiscal year. The amount of money budgeted for irrigation has increased from 57 billion in the fiscal year 2021–2022 to 416 billion in the current fiscal year.