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Tanzania Minister officially opens wastewater treatment and biogas plant in Arusha

Tanzania Minister officially opens wastewater treatment and biogas plant in Arusha

The Tanzania Minister for Communication, Science and Technology Prof. Makame Mbarawa on 28th April 2015 presided over the official opening of the SIDA funded wastewater treatment and biogas generation project at the Banana Investment Limited winery plant at Kijenje-Mwanama, on the outskirts of the city of Arusha. The minister praised the wastewater treatment and biogas generation initiative for practically demonstrating what he termed as the three pillars of successful research – academia, government and the private sector. “This project has demonstrated that integrating science, research and technology with private sector can provide solutions to industrial challenges and on behalf of the Government of Tanzania, I would like to thank the Swedish government for investing its tax payers money into this project and for supporting the Government of Tanzania in many other ventures apart from this one,” Said Prof. Makame. The Minister commended Banana Investment Limited and its managing director Mr. Adolf Olomi for investing an additional 170,00USD into the project saying that as an investor, Mr. Olomi would have easily have put the money to other for profit ventures, but instead chose a noble investment of making sure that waste from his company does not negatively affect the neighbouring community. Prof. Makame said that industrial pollution is a serious challenge and asked the National Environmental Management Council, NEMC, Tanzania to ensure that other industries emulated the example of Banana Investment Limited. The minister informed the gathering that his government will be investing 100 billion Tsh to science and technology this year and said that part of it will be used to support some 370 Ph.D students from Tanzania. He said...