Kizimbani, Unguja, October 2019
The Zanzibar Agricultural Research Institute (ZARI) is preparing new legislation of the Institute to replace the existing Act No. 8 of 2012 following directive from the Government. The new act intends to consolidate and streamline the research mandate of ZARI to agricultural crops and natural resources thematic areas.
According to ZARI legal Officer, Ms. Fatma Hamad when ZARI was established in 2011 it was mandated per section 5b to conduct basic and applied agricultural research in crops, environment, livestock, forestry, fisheries, land, water, pests, diseases and all related species, processes and ecosystems. However, in 2017 the Government established Zanzibar Livestock Research Institute and in 2019 announced the formation of Zanzibar Fisheries Institute.
Therefore, to avoid overlapping of duties and responsibilities of the three research institutes, ZARI had to prepare new legislation to address these changes and other matters, elaborated the Legal Officer. Sources in the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries have indicated that if everything goes according to the plan, the new ZARI Act will be in place by early next year 2019.
Zanzibar Agricultural Research Institute was established in 2011 to carry out and promote the carrying out of the agricultural research within the jurisdition of of Zanzibar.