The Tanzanian government plans to hire the services if a consultant to help draw a law to regulate biofuel technology in the country.
Speaking to The Citizen over the mobile phone yesterday, the minister for Energy and Minerals, Mr William Ngeleja, said the government seeks to know how to deal with the new technology before introducing it to Tanzania.
He said the new law is meant to govern the concept because at present, the government only uses guidelines to regulate the biofuel technology.
“We have been relying on the guidelines to guide the Tanzania Investment Centre and the ministry of Energy and Minerals which have proved to be inadequate,” Mr Ngeleja said.
He said recently the government through the Tanzania Investment Centre allocated land for growing of biofuel plants.
However, Mr Ngeleja said the government would not allow agricultural production to drop in areas being involved in biofuel production, instead allow planting of biofuel plants in unproductive areas.
Contacted for comment yesterday, the commissioner of lands, Ms Ndeny Ulomi, said she could not provide details on land so far given to biofuel investors, saying she needs time to compile the statistics.