In Northern Tanzania, a two year old experiment into appropriate technology - that's using local products to make simple machines for local use - is to extended later this year.
In Northern Tanzania, a two year old experiment into appropriate technology - that's using local products to make simple machines for local use - is to extended later this year. It will be a considerable boost for an area which is short of industrial machines, but even shorter of the technicians to keep them working.
SYNOPSIS: The Arusha Appropriate Technology Project, or A.A.T.P., at present operates in three villages in the Arusha region of Northern Tanzania. One of the Tanzanian staff of the project explains the simple principle of appropriate technology at Majengo. The project is designed to use local natural materials - timber and such like - and manufactured items which are readily available, like old car tyres or corrugated iron. With these basic items, simple and easy to maintain machines like water pumps, windmills, and threshing machines are constructed.
Around Arusha, the A.A.T.P. has spawned two new cottage industries, making waterpumps and windmills. Several more small industries are planned. One of the major benefits or appropriate technology in a region like this, according to the local coordinator, is that it encourages self reliance. And if the machines are built in the area, they can quickly be repaired when they break down. The coordinator contrasted this project with one a few miles away which relied on imported technology. There a drill rig costing a quarter of a million dollars, and diesel pumps frequently broke down because of a lack of spare parts and trained maintenance staff.
At the A.A.T.P. village, the machines are less complex, are made from local materials and can be maintained locally.
When the project expands later this year,it will cover the entire Arusha region.