Tanzania’s beekeeping potential highest in Africa
2002-11-12 - By Modestus Kessy, PST, Arusha - http://www.ippmedia.com/
Tanzania has the highest beekeeping potential in Africa and by any standards at global level, but this potential is currently utilized at only 3.5 per cent. For this reason, the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute - TAWIRI - has carried out research on Beekeeping for Poverty Alleviation with emphasis on rural communities in an effort to exploit the potential.
The Arusha Regional Commissioner, Daniel Ole Njoolay, has asked TAWIRI to do more research on expanding the beekeeping industry in order to enable it to significantly contribute to poverty eradication particularly in rural community.
Njoolay said this in his speech at the official opening of the third Annual Scientific Conference of TAWIRI at Impala Hotel in Arusha.
“The institute is capable of doing this because it has two centres which should be fully utilized for beekeeping research, namely Njiro Wildlife Research Centre in Arusha and the Tabora Research Station, that was formerly used as Beekeeping Training Institute”, he explained.
During the past 12 months, TAWIRI also conducted research and related work on Biodiversity and Human - Wildlife Interference in Western Serengeti; Wildlife Disease monitoring for the whole of Tanzania and Wildlife census inside and outside protected areas. Njoolay said it was important to have the participation of foreign researchers, since this enables TAWIRI to easily access findings for their work instead of waiting for publications in international journals that are sometimes not readily available in Tanzania.
More than 65 delegates including wildlife researchers are attending the conference.
“The increased attendance of these wildlife researchers and other participants from all corners of our country and the rest of the world is an indication of good relationship and acceptability of TAWIRI to the world,” he said.
The RC appealed to the institute to make use of this and other similar opportunities to forge closer ties with other research institutions in order to better fulfil its obligation of collecting and disseminating research findings to the end users particularly the management authorities.
He said there should be a strong base involving Tanzanians for wildlife research in the country and more Tanzanians should get involved in wildlife research in order to increase the country’s capacity towards finding solutions to many conservation challenges especially those related to human - wildlife interaction. Speaking at the opening ceremony, the chairperson of the TAWIRI Board, Dr. Felister Urasa, said scientific research was a specialised discipline that required competent personnel especially with regard to the diverse and abundant wildlife including the associated but complex ecosystems in Tanzania. Doctor Felister said collaboration in research projects was one of the mechanisms in which TAWIRI can increase its capacity to fulfil its obligations.
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