Handeni is one of the eight
districts of the Tanga
Region of Tanzania.
bordered to the west by the Kilindi District, to the north by the Korogwe District, to the east by the Pangani District, and to the south by the Pwani Region.
Tanga Region's Districts
According to the 2002 Tanzania National Census, the population of
the Handeni District was 248,633.
Wards and Villages
The Handeni District is administratively divided into 7 divisions,
19 wards and 112 Villages.
The Government at the District level is led by Retired Liuetenant
Winfred Francis Ligubi as District Commissioner
since 2006 succeeding Manju Salum Omar Msambya who became a
Member of Parliament for Kigoma South in 2005
. The Handeni
District Council is led by Hon. Jabir
Manyendi Kigoda (Chairman), Mr. Xavier Tilweselekwa (Council
The district has a population increase of 4% per
year.The dramatic open area to the North of Handeni at the foot of
the Maasai Steppe was the setting for Earnest Hemminway's classic
hunting book, The Green Hills of Africa.
SPECIFIC AREAS FOR INVESTMENT
Handeni District Council has earmarked a number of specific types
and areas for investment based on a study conducted by a
consultant. These are in fruit growing, vegetable farming,
dairying, sheep rearing, rubber production, honey production and
processing, small-scale mining, cultural tourism, tourist hotel
development and marketing.
This chapter first discusses the categories of investment
opportunities identified and then presents more details on specific
types and locations for investment. A map shows the opportunities
by type and locations.
The Main Categories of Investments
The identification of the investment opportunities is divided in
two categories, namely direct investment and market linkages.
Direct investment involves attracting investors, both local and
foreign, to bring in capital to invest in the District by setting
up facilities either to process raw materials into finished
products or carry out large scale farming and livestock keeping by
using the available land which is presently underutilized in the
Market linkages involve connecting farmers and other producers with
companies that have access to markets and so are willing to buy the
products from them. In the market linkage approach, it is expected
that the market dealer/facilitator will be in a position to support
the farmers/livestock keepers and beekeepers with skills on crop
husbandry, post harvest, processing and quality control. Farmers
and producers are easier to work with when organized in groups than
when acting individually.Access to markets is one of the problems
facing rural communities, particularly to farmers, as they lack
good information on where the markets can be found and the prices
that can be obtained. This has been the case, for example, with
mango production where farmers cannot realize good economic
benefits due to marketing problems. Similarly, citrus and bananas
are grown in large amounts in such areas like Segera, Mailikumi,
Michungwani, Kabuku, Mgambo, Chogo and Gendagenda villages but
marketing is a bottleneck. Villagers are unable to obtain better
incomes and reduce spoilage because of poor road networks and
little knowledge on processing.
Beekeeping for honey production is not a major problem, but
accessibility to good and stable markets is a bottleneck.
Beekeepers are organized in associations, which make it easy to
mobilize production and provide extension services. The local
communities have the skills to undertake the activity; while what
is most required is for them to be linked with the buyers of honey
Pogwe is a village within Kang'ata ward in Handeni District. In
ponge village there is a natural spring water place called
Kwekibaya. Kwekibaya is the only source of water for thousands of
people and animals from neaby villages: Msaje, Kwaluwala,
Kwedinguzu, Kwamagome, Komwale, Kwavulata, etc. The original people
from this place are called Wapongwe (Samwepongwe for male and
Mnamweponge for women).
Kwekibaya is without its miracle. For example, if a person not
belonging to Wapongwe clean the water source (the place where water
is actually coming out to the surface), kwekibaya dries out. If
such incident happens, it is only wapongwe family member who can
please the natural spring to give out water again.
Because of the importance of kwekibaya, there is a chain of family
leaders among the wapongwe who guide the community in managing the
kibaya in particular and general resources such as deforestation
issues (which forest is a reserved one). The last leader of
wapongwe is Mkulago (1942-2006). Mkulago died on the 28th April
2006 and lied to rest on the 30th April 2006 in the Mtonger
- Population of Handeni
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