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Honda drives into Tanzania’s agriculture sector to boost modern mechanized farming

The Japanese multinational conglomerate, Honda has entered into agreement with one of the Tanzanian innovative firms, the Imara Technology of Arusha, for the production of farming machinery and equipment.

“Honda is usually synonymous with motorcycles and cars, but this time we want to help Africa, establish and achieve their dreams. This is why we have introduced the power products to empower local Farmers to become mechanized,” explained the Honda Agriculture Specialist, Mary Gould.

Ms Gould who is responsible for the Honda operations in Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Region covering Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi and Zimbabwe, made the statement during the special occasion to sign agreement with a Tanzanian farm machinery producer, Imara Tech.

“We have a wide range of products. I know that most people when they hear about Honda the first thing they think about would be ‘Piki-Piki,’ but we don’t only have motorcycles, but also a wide range of power products, such as water pumps backpacks, sprayer generators and even tillers,” added Ms Gould.

“At Honda, we are not only interested in making profit but also trying to build the legacy of Soichiro Honda, who believed in the power of Dreams. So we also want to help Africa, establish and achieve their dreams,” she said.

On his part the Director of Imara Technology Alfred Chengula said they have managed to export more than 1000 agricultural machinery to six countries including Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Burundi.

“We brace to innovate and produce more time saving and cheaply available farm productive equipment,” said the Tech firm director.

The cooperation between Honda and the Arusha-based, Imara Technology will further see the production of modern farming tools and machines as the Japanese giant will supply motors and other machines to the Tanzanian new tech company.

Meanwhile the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology reports to have accomplished nearly 355 innovative projects with most of them being undertaken by young people in the country.

According to the Director General of Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Dr Amos Mhunda Nungu, the projects include innovations in research, technology developments and environment.

Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Omar Kipanga said Tanzania was working to empower farmers to simplify their trade and generate income through provision of loans, machinery and extension services but especially technological development.

“I understand that Imara Technology is rapidly distributing farming technology to local growers and so far the firm has reached more than 2000 households in the course of this year alone,” said the Minister.

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