In 2021, the training focused on new artisans inside the existing groups as well as on previously trained artisans for updating their knowledge and skills on new related technologies. In 2020 training, SHIPO SMART Centre had a pilot training farmers on the productive use of SMARTechs i.e shallow wells, pumps and drip irrigation.
The training aims to improve the knowledge and skills of local technicians in manual drilling techniques and in manual pump production and installation, as well as to promote the use of the SMARTechs in agriculture.
The training was conducted from 3rd May to 22nd May 2021. It was divided into 3 weeks, with 6 activity days per week and one break day, Sundays.
During the first week, the technical training for pump producers, drillers and farmers took place. Within the same week both drillers/pump producers and farmers got training from Njombe Regional Consumers Committee (RCC) the aim of this training was to make the water users (trainees) to know their rights and their responsibilities in the services provided by The Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) which is an autonomous multi-sectoral regulatory authority established by the EWURA Act Cap 414. EWURA is responsible for technical and economic regulation of the electricity, petroleum, natural gas and water sectors in Tanzania.
During the same week also the trainees (drillers and pump producers) got the training from Lake Nyasa Basin; the aim was to help trainees to know the meaning of water use permit, types of water permits, objectives of acquiring water use permit, eligible person to apply for water use permit and procedures for the application of water use permit.
In the first week also the farmers got the training on organic farming and its technologies based on conversional farming and marketing challenges by reducing the rate of challenges through practicing organic farming and it practices as well as to apply marketing skills to improve farming and related business activities to their local environment from Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), this is a non-profit organization which was registered in June 2011 under the Tanzanian Society Act [CAP. 337 R.E. 2002] with registration number S.A 17581 and complying with NGOs Act 2002 with registration number 00NGO/R/0833.
In the second and third week, technical trainings for pump producers and drillers continued from which the third week they got theoretical training from Water institute of Tanzania. The trainees came from different regions at the Southern Highlands of Tanzania: Njombe region, Iringa region, Mbeya and Ruvuma region, the drillers and rope pump producers were identified from the same existing groups while the women´s farmers groups were identified in the collaboration with cooperative officer from the district council. The 2020 trained farmers also were invited to the training for update training.
The trainees were provided with the necessary theoretical background on their respective disciplines and they gained experience by practically working in teams under the supervision of trainers. The group of welders produced one complete rope pump in the first week and in the second week they produced one set of GIG. The drillers completed one tube well and learned/practiced on the different techniques for digging an open well but rope pump was not installed- only covered with slab. When these activities were completed, all participants learnt how to install a rope pump in a tube well. The well was drilled at SHIPO demo plot.