A five-year project aimed to support farmers' groups in Arusha and Manyara regions to enable them to improve agricultural productivity was launched here last week with the partner organisations involved optimistic on its success. The cost of the project is euro 1,058,000, according to the communications officer with the Tanzania Horticultural Association ( Taha), Ms Adda Ngoya The official launch of Cooperation Agreement attracted four organisations which will support implementation of the project titled 'Strengthening Farmers' Organisations for Sustainable Agricultural Development'. Besides Taha, others are Trias Tanzania, Andreas Hermes Akademie (Aha), a German institution. Aha is a German farmer-based agri-agency and capacity-building institution. The programme also involves another German entity known only as DBV as well as the National Network for Farmers (Mviwata) in Arusha and Manyara regions. "The agreement is aimed at building capacity to the farmers through their organisations. It will work closely with the farmer groups and monitor service delivery to their members" said Ms Ayesiga Buberwa, a programme manager with the Tanzania Horticultural Association (Taha), one of the four organisations in the partnership. She told BusinessWeek: "We will be giving support to farmer organisations, dealing with farmers in various ways and giving them funds to operate in various ways" are going to support deal with the farmers in various ways".