Government Recognizes the Contribution of Research Scientists
- 15th August, 2023 11:29
- By SINGIRA
Five Researchers from Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) received awards for their outstanding contribution to national food security through research and the release of varieties that have improved crop production and productivity in the country.
The awards were presented during the inauguration of the International Agricultural Show (Nanenane)- 2023 at John Mwakangale Grounds in Mbeya where the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania Honorable Dr. Philip Isdor Mpango was the guest of Honour and among other issued prizes to the five Researchers.
Speaking during the Nanenane inauguration ceremony Minister of Agriculture Hon. Hussein Bashe (MP) mentioned the Researchers to be Dr. Zubenda Nduruma (retired) who was a maize breeder at TARI Selian, whereby during her service, she bred and released a maize variety known as STUKA M1 which is now being widely used by farmers in low and mid-altitude maize growing areas of the country.
Another scientist in the list of awardees was Ms Clesensia Lutawa (deceased), who worked at TARI Ilonga in Morogoro where she bred and released one sunflower variety known as “Record” which is the most popular in Tanzania. The prize was received by her children Mr Eric Mbiza and James Mbiza.
Also, Dr. Zakaria Kanyeka (retired) and Mr. Maulid Penza Jointly innovated Rice Variety SARO 5 (TXD306) while working at TARI-Dakawa.
Last but not least, Hon. Bashe recognized the Contribution of Dr. Atugonza Bilaro for his innovation of Maize variety T105 during the time when he was working at TARI Tumbi in Tabora.
Dr. Bilaro who is currently working at TARI Uyole also was awarded for his contribution in the innovation of various rice varieties and his efforts in assisting junior researchers to grow their careers.