Minister calls on researchers to focus on conducting solution

05Feb 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Minister calls on researchers to focus on conducting solution

 ​​​​​​​LIVESTOCK and Fisheries Minister Luhaga Mpina has called on researchers to focus on conducting solution-based researches that will provide lasting solutions to the challenges facing livestock sector and communities in the country.

 ​​​​​​​LIVESTOCK and Fisheries Minister Luhaga Mpina.

According to him, most of researchers nowadays have been focusing on conducting commercial researches that at the end of the day do not provide answers to people’s problems.

Mpina made the appeal when he visited the breeding technology project by using multiple ovulation and embryo transfer (MOET) under the Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI) at Mpwapwa Centre in Dodoma Region.

“Researchers training students in the livestock sector should also ensure that their findings reach communities at the ground level so as to bring positive results,” he said.

Speaking on MOET technology, the minister said Tanzania should be proud of it as it is going to transform the livestock sector by increasing production of cattle, meat, skin, milk and other livestock products.

He also directed the ministry’s Director of Research, Training and Extension Dr Angello Mwilalwa to come up with regulations and guidelines to oversee the production of the new cattle grass seed , sales, distribution and the whole business to fight agents who hike prices thus affecting livestock keepers.

He also instructed the research and training director to meet with the producers of eggs, chicks, cattle, goats, sheep, donkeys, pork as well as owners of meat, skin and dairy factories to discuss challenges facing the sector and come with recommendations to address the vice.

For his part, Dr Mwilalwa assured the minister that all the directives will be implemented on time to ensure that pastoralists and traders in the livestock sector benefits from their activities.

TARILI director general Dr Eligy Shirima said that the 400m/- MOET project aims to purchase more modern equipment thus enable production of more cattle offspring.

He said MOET offers an excellent method of maximising the genetic potential of animals. Typically, a cow will produce one calf each per year but by using MOET, it is possible to generate multiple offspring from the cattle. This is done by recovering embryos from the good cow and transferring them into recipient animals in the herd.

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