The Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Kassim Majaliwa has congratulated the Vice-Chancellor of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) Prof. Raphael Chibunda for enabling innovators at the university to fulfill their dreams.
The Prime Minister expressed his congratulations while delivering a speech at the closing of the National Exhibition of Science Technology and Innovations (MAKISATU 2021) held in Dodoma from 6th to 11th May 2021.
Prime Minister Majaliwa expressed his satisfaction with the good work done by the young innovator from SUA who designed the simple Farming machine (FARM CART) to help farmers. He commended the vice chancellor of Sokoine University of Agriculture for seeing and recognizing the student's creativity and decided to give him a place in the university's workshop to do his activities (watch video below)
Hon. Majaliwa also said the government continues to invest in setting up better infrastructure for science, especially in universities, including Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), citing the example of SUA Mobile Genome Lab, which he had the opportunity to visit at the exhibition and see how it works to diagnose any diseases on the spot instead of waiting to send a sample to the Laboratory.
Prime Minister Majaliwa used the occasion to instruct the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, as well as government institutions and departments responsible for innovations such as the National Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) to ensure all productive innovations are introduced to the market for the benefit of innovators themselves and the Nation.
Hon. Majaliwa said the government will continue to create a conducive environment for innovators so that they can emerge in greater numbers and thus help contribute to community development and become a source of employment.
Speaking on the registration of such innovations and the issue of copyright to these designers, Hon. Majaliwa expressed his dissatisfaction with the small number of applications for innovators who need to be given creative patents by the international patent institute from Tanzania compared to other countries and said last year Tanzania submitted only 8 applications while South Africa submitted more than 1000 applications, he urged the relevant institutions to address the issue so that the designers do not lose their own rights.
The highlight of events in the picture ...
GROUP PHOTO: Vice Chancellor of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and exhibitors from SUA
Calvin Edward Gwabara, SUAMEDIA