Tanzania: Bunge Committee urged to revise laws, policies to combat climate change

Dodoma – The Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries has proposed a review of water, livestock, fisheries, environment and energy laws and policies.

The chairman of the committee, Dr. Christine Ishengoma, while presenting a report in the National Assembly on Tuesday, said that by reviewing the laws, the government should utilize the importance of rainwater harvesting, come up with strategies for robust irrigation projects, and have mini tanks for irrigated agriculture. Also, by making proper use of land resources, planting saplings in various water sources, as well as strengthening education on nutrition and production of agricultural products that are resistant to climate change.

Dr. Ishengoma added that the country should strengthen cooperatives in the country in an effort to own major factories.

“Committee noted that among other issues, the Cooperatives Policy 2002 and the Cooperatives Act 2013 and the COASCO Act 2005 are creating obstacles for cooperatives to do their work.”

The chairman of the committee similarly told the MPs that it is time for the government to prepare amendments to the laws on various issues, among them the criteria and procedures for meeting the officers and the board of cooperatives.

He stated that they are increasing the value chain by acquiring other major industries and preparing major development projects, especially in the areas where they had shares, he has increased the department given to the registrar of cooperative societies to supervise several projects. Funds.

In addition, Dr Ishengoma said there was a great demand for education and training from various cooperative members, officers and board members as well as institutions associated with AMCOS.

“There is also a need for an integrated cooperative management service system in an effort to ensure that AMCOS is managed by professionals,” she insisted.

Regarding fruit and vegetable development, the committee raised the establishment of a fruit and vegetable development authority to coordinate all fruit and vegetable products so that the sector contributes significantly to the country’s economy and gross domestic product (GDP).

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