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02/22/2011

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swahilistreet

nice. a supply side approach is handy if you a) don't want to think to much about the issues b)bossing people around is your default approach to things and c) you are looking to stitch together a tens of millions of dollars tractor deal with India....

swahilistreet

an editorial in the citizen this week: the farmer in your picture should be careful - he could be arrested.

http://thecitizen.co.tz/editorial-analysis/19-editorial-comments/8506-curb-misuse-of-tillers

Rasmus

‘My farmer’ should be safe – to my knowledge he uses his power tiller correctly. But the story, in a way, supports the argument that politicians and bureaucrats can not dictate farmers how to farm. But they can support the farmers in achieving their own goals, which is probably a more feasible way to achieve growth. Such a demand side approach (i.e. with farmers expressing their needs) has proved successful elsewhere. Read about experiences from Soroti District in Uganda here: http://www.share4dev.info/kb/documents/3434.pdf

Steve

In Kilwa District, some villages made a big windfall from a big land sale to a biofuels company. They spent some of their proceedings on a tractor, proving that at least some farmers do want one. Two years later the tractor is no more functional than the now bankrupt biofuels investment.

Some local farmers have bought the KK power-tillers. But they are using them for local transport rather more than tilling the earth.

Rasmus

An interesting example. I guess that it shows that power tillers, in themselves, are not likely to spur economic growth...?

Steve

They seem to be spurring growth in inter-village transport. There are probably better solutions to fill this need, but it doesn't make the power tillers a complete waste of time. On the other hand it does show the lack of understanding of rural livelihoods issues by GoT.

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