Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Alpha, Jan 19, 2009.
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Hii ni good news!
Can you define the "underused land"? Do we have the underused land in Tanzania? The land in question was formerly a coffee plantation and still you call it "underused land". If you are not careful, you will be dancing to the tunes of the investor!
Many governments, including UK, are now cutting investments in biofuel production. This is due to the fact that many biofuel projects are unsustainable (it has been proved so and the concern is growing as new insights come in). Croton tree? Do we have enough trees/feedstocks to meet the market demand for diesel? Or it will require more land to meet the supply. What is the alternative source of cocking oil for local population?
Another important thing to note is that Tanzania, like many other African countries, lacks institutions to guide biofuel production. We have neither policy nor regulations to guide the investments on biofuel. So, things are happening haphazardly. We are not prepared at all! We might have some experts in place but they are not doing their job. We used to have a TaskForce to advice the government on the best way to follow. But many of their meetings were paid for by investors looking for big chunks of land in our endowed country. So, before you know it, all the potential land will be under the control of foreigners with nothing left for landowners (the people of Tanzania).
It takes the brave and committed minds to get biofuel project right. Otherwise, this is a recipe for disaster. And in the end, it will be the Ministry of Industry to blame.