Arumeru District Commissioner Eng. Richard Ruyungo called on Government Institutions and NGOs to work together to educate the public about Parthenium (Gugu Karoti) to gain an understanding of how it spreads and friendly ways to eradicate it.
Eng. Ruyongo made that remark on 27th October 2021 during the opening of the sixth Parthemium Day held at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology under the support of the Centre for Research, Agricultural Advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability (CREATES).
The CREATES Centre opens doors for the NM- AIST students and faculty members to meet with different stakeholders to disseminate their research outputs, to identify gaps as well as get feedback on their researches in areas of agriculture, food, and nutrition security.
Concurrently, the conference involved various exhibitions through which different researchers, farmers, and entrepreneurs had an opportunity to showcase their innovations and outputs to the guest of honor hon. Engineer Richard Ruyundo and other participants of the event.
During the conference, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Planning, Finance and Administration of the Nelson Mandela Institution of Science and Technology (NM –AIST), Prof. Charles Lugomela explained that the NM – AIST is a strong institution that uses its approaches and innovations to fight against parthenium.
“I believe this conference is the best platform to put our innovations, ideas, technics, and approaches to practice and identify best solutions to our African problems like parthenium and solve them in our ways,” said Prof. Lugomela.
The conference provided an opportunity for 129 agricultural experts from different regions in Tanzania to discuss different approaches, various best practices, challenges, and some solutions on Conservation Agriculture and Climate Changes in general.