Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tanzania receives an award in honour of Cassava

Cassava is the staple food for the poor Tanzanians and has become the food which helps to cater when famine breaks out, for being among the draught resistant crops in the country. In view of this, Tanzania won the Best Government Emerging Technologies Award at the climax of the world Government Summit Awards held in Dubai on Tuesday. Tanzanian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Mr Mbarouk Nassor Mbarouk received the award on behalf of the government from the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs,His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. 

Cassava tubers

According to a media statement issued yesterday in Dar es Salaam by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, the award comes following Dar’s success at controlling cassava creek disease and cassava mosaic disease through the Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute. The statement noted that the country managed to contain such diseases attacking cassava through an application of modern equipment scientifically known as Cassava DNA Sequencer. By using this contemporary equipment (Cassava DNA Sequencer) the experts are able to discover a range of diseases attacking cassava which are caused by bacteria, virus and pathogens within two days. Earlier technology which was also expensive could take experts a couple of months to detect such problems. Cassava is a root vegetable widely consumed in developing countries. It provides some important nutrients and resistant starch, which may have health benefits. It is estimated that about 800 million people in the world depend on the crop.

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