The year 2010/2011 COSTECH called for proposals for individual scientists and institutions to apply for Research Funds in order to build their capacities and ability to conduct research based on identified research priorities. Following review of such proposals, qualified scientists and institutions were granted with funds for conducting research activities and capacity building in training at both MSc and PhD levels, construction of research infrastructures and supply of lacking but necessary research facilities.
From 1st_ 10th December 2013 the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) run Monitoring and evaluation exercise to different Research Projects in Tanzania. The aim of the exercise is to assess progress made since 2010/2011 to the individual and institutional projects on the generated output and outcomes that will lead to the achievements of the intended goal and objectives.
COSTECH team arrives at Chita area in Morogoro to monitor and evaluate the Project Integrating agriculture and aquaculture for Increased Farm Productivity
A Chita farmer demonstrates how to fish in a pond at Chita village, Ifakara district in Morogoro.
The project of Integrating Agriculture and Aquaculture for Increased Farm Productivity has shown promising results in Tarime district, Mara region where the highest growth and yield performance were obtained from fish and vegetables cultured under integrated. The project is implemented by Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI) under government funding through Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). The project is being implemented in collaboration with the Department of Animal Science and Production (DASP) of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Department of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries (DASF) of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and Department of Aquaculture Division (DAD) under the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development (MLFD). The project is also implemented in collaboration with small-holder farmers by using the Integrated Resource Management (IRM) approach to build knowledge and skills among themselves. In March 2012, COSTECH approved a total of TAS 183,158,011.00 as a budget for the implementation of this project.
Researchers monitor weight and length of fish from the Pond. The exercise is conducted on monthly bases .A representative sample of 30 individual fish of the stocked Nile tilapia and African sharp tooth catfish is sampled from each pond using a small-sized mesh (2 inches) seine net. Sampled fish is also used to determine the feeding ratio of the next feeding (Plate 8). For the purpose of monitoring fish growth, sensitive weighing balance and a ruler are used to record weight (± 0.01g) and total length (± 0.1cm) of
COSTECH Team also had a chance to monitor the project titled Evaluation of the performance of System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Tanzania using Field experiments and aqua crop model. The project is implemented by Sokoine University of Agriculture at Mkindo Mvomero Morogoro.
Mwanaid Hamza,a Mkindo Mvomero farmer explains about the System of Rice Intensification which is commonly known as Shadidi by the Swahili natives
Tanzania Automotive Technology Centre (TATC) of Coast region received a research grant from COSTECH in 2011/2012. The project intends to develop a Power Tiller to improve agriculture mechanization as an intervention to enhance the agricultural sector productivity. The Project mainly focuses at improving land tilling operations to increase acreage of tilled land per day compared to hand and draft animal cultivation. Particularly, in this Project TATC is developing a Power Tiller with a purpose of eliminating the most critical operational shortfall experienced in power tillers currently being used to cultivate farms other than paddy farms in Tanzania. In this case the developed Power Tiller will be provided with a seating arrangement for the operator to reduce drudgery and fatigue caused by long distance walking while operating the tiller and also to widen the scope of use of the power tiller to less masculine gender, women.
Engineer Albert Wikedzi(first right) from Tanzania Automotive Technology Centre (TATC) explains to the COSTECH team how the Power tiller was designed using computer software. The main difference between TATC Power Tiller and other conventional power tillers is the operator seat arrangement.