By VALENTINE OFORO, DODOMA

CONSTRUCTION of the second phase of a  new laboratory complex for the Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) is currently at the finishing levels.

The ongoing project, which upon its completion is expected to gobble up to 10.4 billion/-, being direct funds from the government is expected to play a major role to upscale the country’s capacity over atomic issues.

However, upon its completion, the facility is expected to serve the East and Central African countries.

Giving an exclusive interview to East Africa Herald, TAEC’s Senior Researcher, Simon Mdoe, said construction of the ultramodern four-storey lab which commenced in September 2019 was almost 87 per cent complete.

“The mega project is currently at encouraging levels and the modern facility is expected to serve the East and Central African countries,” he said.

According to him, the state-owned commission was also implementing another key project to construct a 20bn/- worth food storage centre, gearing to enable the country to adopt high technology to conserve food through nuclear technology.

“The modern facility, now at its preliminary stages at Mbezi Luis in Dar es Salaam is projected to play a vital role in expanding and modernizing the country’s capacity in professional food storage,” he observed.

He added, basic processes for the project have already been finalized and the centre, upon its completion, is projected to expand the country’s ability to export foods and other agricultural products abroad at recommended quality.

He observed that Tanzania was exposed to diverse and important external markets for food crop items, but it was disconcerting to learn that only 10 per cent of the country’s capacity is being exported due to low technologies in the storage of the items meant for exportation.

He expressed that nuclear technology was vital for the development of the industrial economy in Tanzania, but unveiled that use of the vital technology was still low, just at 40 per cent.

Tanzania adopted nuclear technology in 1978 but started to use it from the 1990s, but at low ebb.

He said nuclear technology plays paramount roles in different sectors, including health, water, mining and industrial, as well as in electric power generation.

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