April 9 2015, Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) together with regional Initiative Bio-Resources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development Program (Bio innovate) supported by SIDA have organized a round table meeting on policies and regulatory incentive for promoting innovations in the use of bio-pesticides and management of industrial effluents.
Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperative Eng. Raphael Daluti (standing) delivers a speech during a Round table Meeting at COSTECH. He is flanked by COSTECH Acting Director General Dr. Nicholaus Nyange (left) and Dr. Dugushilu Mafunda (right) from the COSTECH Directorate of Innovation, entrepreneurship and Competitiveness.
Officiating that meeting, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food security and Cooperative Eng Raphael Daluti said that Tanzania is aware of the revolutionary advances in biosciences that potentially provide an increasingly powerful engine for innovation from the gamuts of sustainable agricultural production, waste management, and renewable energy production and in the development of a diverse range of novel bio-products.
He said with both short and long shifts in the World demand of agricultural and agro-processing products as a country, Tanzania is not only following the growing tendency towards bio-based innovations as a means of developing productive economy but it is also keen to be a part of the global bio-economy market as a producer of products.
He added, in that regard Tanzania intends to exploit opportunities from biosciences innovation and is committed to ensuring that there are in place supportive policies.
“Tanzania has 76 highly productive R&D institutions that are both public and privately administered and thus I can say with confidence that Government commitment to exploiting biosciences innovations is not just a political statement “He explained.
COSTECH Acting Director General Dr. Nicholaus Nyange (left) speaks COSTECH participation in the Round table Meeting on Policies and Regulatory incentive for promoting innovations in the use of bio-pesticides and management of industrial effluents. Looking on are the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food security and Cooperative Eng. Raphael Daluti (Centre) and Dr. Dugushilu Mafunda COSTECH Director of Innovation, entrepreneurship and Competitiveness.
For his part, COSTECH Acting Director General Dr. Nicholaus Nyange said its Commission which is mandated to coordinate and promote Research in the country, decided to organize that meeting as it wanted to share and discuss findings of the two studies undertaken in the country on the opportunities and challenges in the use of bio-pesticides and management of industrial effluents.
He said the findings from those two studies are of great impact for the society and signify need for Tanzania to holistically address cross cutting issues for sustainable socio-economic development.
“We want to link Science, Technology and Innovation with our daily problems in the society. Findings from these Researchers have scientifically proved that we can use research findings to innovate new models for managing industrial effluents use for increased agricultural production.”Dr. Nyange said adding that there are promising results from different projects conducted among Tanzania industries to reduce waste water by recycling them for agricultural uses.
He further pointed out that the round table meeting on policies and regulatory incentives is very important in Tanzania as many developing countries nowadays establish and implement robust Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policies from a critical part of the national development discussions.
“We have invited stakeholders from industries to learn different innovations from local researchers, who have developed bio-pesticides and management of industrial effluents use for increased agricultural production in the country “He said.
The Round table meeting emanates from supported projects under the Bio-Innovate Program from 2010 which aimed to support multi-disciplinary biosciences and product oriented innovations that would be initiated, intensified and disseminated for sustainable utilization, transformation and integration of the region’s bio-resources for economic growth and development. The program has supported nine biosciences innovation and policy consortia projects in six countries of Tanzania, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.