16 December 2012

Tanzania: ARU Calls for Land Experts' Part in Farming Projects

LAND experts should be involved while carrying out huge agricultural projects so as to leave a legacy of productive land, Ardhi University (ARU) Vice Chancellor, Prof Idrissa Mshoro advised.

Addressing 6th anniversary of the School of Geospatial Science and Technology (SGST) at ARU in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Prof Mshoro said since land is the backbone for national development there is a need for the natural resources to be used wisely.

"The only people who can facilitate the ideal usage of land while implementing agricultural projects are land experts," he said. Prof Mshoro said Geospatial Science and Technology course was introduced deliberately to address problems pertaining to the land including land pollution, saying the course provides the students with knowledge on environmental management.

"Our mission is to provide the country with enough land experts to promote national development," he stated. He said despite the country depending on agriculture by 80 per cent for the national development there are meagre harvests, saying 45 per cent of the harvests is lost because there is no value added for the land.

Prof Mshoro pointed out that the enrollment rate at ARU has increased by over 100 per cent in comparison to the past six years during the ARU establishment, saying the university is currently enrolling 3,700 students from 1,360 students during the university establishment.

"As we plan to improve the university infrastructures the number is estimated to reach 7,500 in future," he said. Prof Mshoro said there was a need for the government to deploy a good number of land experts to address the problem of unplanned settlements, saying only ten per cent of the country's land has been measured.

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