Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, ANSAF Executive Director, Audax Rukonge said the event which will attract 100 participants from different agricultural sectors will be held next week in the country’s capital—Dodoma.
Themed “The Alarming Danger and Opportunities of Climate Change to The Agriculture Sector: Are We Ready?” the meeting will discuss on how the 56 percent of agricultural raw materials can be properly utilised.
According to Rukonge there are various investment opportunities in the agriculture sector which includes production of drought resistant seed varieties, manufacturing of storage facilities and establishment of agro- processing factories.
“ALE aims to showcase and highlight the alarming danger and opportunities of climate change to agriculture. Participants are also expected to look into policy options to allow fully utilisation of agricultural opportunities as well as mitigating climate change,” he noted insisting the need for private sector participation.
He was optimistic that participation of the private sector and financial resources institutions would facilitate investment in the sector especially invention of technology.
“We need to invest in rain water harvesting technologies to help farmers irrigate farms. This will ensure food security as well as drinking water for animals,” he said.
He said ANSAF has since 2006 been promoting learning and sharing among agricultural stakeholders. The events, he said, have facilitated adaptation of various approaches that supports development of the agriculture sector.