Reviving the Green Pulse: The Resurrection of Irrigation Farming in Bugwema Valley

Within Tanzania’s expansive agricultural tapestry, the Bugwema Valley of Musoma Rural has often been a whisper amidst roaring tales. Yet, its silence is about to be broken, and in a big way, thanks to Her Excellency, President Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan.

It was on the memorable day of February 6th, 2022, when the president, marking the inauguration of the Mugango-Kiabakari-Butiama Water Pipe project, also heeded a significant plea. A request tendered by Musoma Rural’s MP, Prof Sospeter Muhongo, seeking a resurgence of irrigation farming in this lush valley.

The narrative of irrigation in Bugwema isn’t new. In the backdrop, stands the legacy of the late Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, who ignited this dream in 1974. While time may have halted its progression, the present government’s commitment ensures this dream does not remain dormant.

The Valley’s Vast Canvas:
Stretching its green arms over 6,000 hectares, Bugwema Valley encompasses the villages of Bugwema, Masinono, and Muhoji. But its influence doesn’t end here. Parts of adjoining wards, namely Bugoji, Nyambono, and Murangi, add to its expanse, pushing its grandiosity to over 10,000 hectares.

Agriculture’s Rich Palette:
This is not just land; it’s a canvas where nature paints its bounty. The valley promises a rich agricultural yield with crops like rice, maize, sunflower, pigeon peas, and cotton flourishing.

The Path Forward:
In an exciting turn for 2023/2024, the National Irrigation Commission has commissioned MHANDISI CONSULTANCY LTD to chart the future course. With a comprehensive feasibility study and design for the Bugwema Valley underway, the horizon looks promising.

In a significant move towards bolstering agriculture in Tanzania, the Office of the Member of Parliament for Musoma Rural (Ofisi ya Mbunge, Jimbo la Musoma Vijijini) has unveiled plans to rejuvenate irrigation farming within the vast Bugwema Valley. This commitment was highlighted during President Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan’s recent visit, marking a promising future for the region’s farmers and overall economic growth. For detailed updates and insights, one can visit the official website of the Musoma Rural Constituency at