ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1. Short title.
THE CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURAL MECHANISATION AND RURAL TECHNOLOGY
3. Establishment of the Centre.
4. Functions of the Centre.
5. Vesting of assets and liabilities.
6. Composition and proceedings of the Board.
7. Remuneration of members of Board.
8. Power of Board to delegate.
9. Minister may give directions to the Board.
POWERS AND OPERATIONS OF THE CENTRE
10. Provisions relating to research and development.
11. Provisions relating to testing and manufacturing.
12. Dissemination and exchange of information.
13. Training of persons in rural technology.
14. Custody and disclosure of information furnished to the Centre.
15. Inventions and discoveries.
16. Appointment of employees.
17. Transfer of employees.
18. Superannuation benefits.
19. Protection from personal liability.
20. Notification of orders.
21. Power of Minister to make regulations.
22. Funds of the Centre.
23. Power to borrow.
24. Power to charge fees.
25. Minister may impose cess on agricultural machinery produced.
27. Annual and supplementary budget.
28. Accounts and audit.
29. Annual report.
30. Laying of reports before National Assembly.
THE CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURAL MECHANISATION AND RURAL TECHNOLOGY ACT
An Act to establish the Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation and Rural Technology and to provide for the functions and powers of the Centre in relation to the promotion of the mechanisation of agricultural and rural technology.
[13th January, 1982]
[G.N. No. 9 of 1982]
Act No. 19 of 1981
PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (ss 1-2)
This Act may be cited as the Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation and Rural Technology Act.
In this Act, unless the context requires otherwise–
"appropriate technology" includes all applied arts, machinery, equipment and processes which, through the use, or development, modification and use, of local resources, may be developed, adapted, produced, extended or implemented for use in rural areas in the fields of agriculture, energy, water supply, sanitation, health, building construction, transport and rural development generally;
"Board" means the Board of Directors of the Centre, established under section 6;
"Centre" means the Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation and Rural Technology established by section 3;
"Director-General" means the Director-General of the Centre appointed under section 16;
"existing projects" means the Tanzania Agricultural Machinery Testing Unit and the Arusha Appropriate Technology Project;
"member" in relation to the Board means a member of the Board and includes the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman;
"Minister" means the Minister responsible for industries;
"rural development" means any activity or process which is intended to facilitate the application or development of appropriate technology and the improvement of rural life through local self-reliance;
"technical projects committee" means the committee established under section 10.
THE CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURAL MECHANISATION AND RURAL TECHNOLOGY (ss 3-9)
(1) There is hereby established a Centre to be known as the Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation and Rural Technology.
(2) The Centre shall be a body corporate and shall–
(a) have perpetual succession and an official seal;
(b) in its corporate name be capable of suing and being sued;
(c) subject to this Act, be capable of holding, purchasing, or acquiring in any other way, any movable or immovable property, and of disposing of any of its property.
(1) The functions of the centre shall be–
(a) to take over and continue such of the functions and businesses of the existing projects as the Minister shall, by order published in the Gazette direct;
(b) to carry out, and promote the carrying out of applied research designed to facilitate the designing, adaptation and development of machinery and equipment suitable for use in agricultural and rural development;
(c) to develop and manufacture approved prototypes, components and cultural techniques and technologies, and evaluate their suitability for adaptation and alternative used in rural agricultural production;
(d) to adapt foreign designs of agricultural machinery and equipment to suit local conditions of manufacture and maintenance, for use in rural agriculture;
(e) to develop and manufacture approved prototypes, components and spares of agricultural machinery and equipment which are not available in large quantities in the United Republic;
(f) to perform tests on all types of machinery and equipment intended for use in agricultural and rural development in the United Republic, and to publish the results of each such test;
(g) to formulate and conduct short courses designed to provide practical training and further knowledge to village and other artisans in the use and maintenance of agricultural machinery and other appropriate technology machinery and equipment;
(h) to advise and provide support services to organisations and persons undertaking the extension and implementation of programmes and projects resulting from the work of the Centre;
(i) to offer consultancy services on the designing, testing and other technical aspects of agricultural and other machinery and equipment for use in rural development;
(j) to offer consultancy services relating to the marketing, financial and other managerial aspects of agricultural and rural development through the adaptation and use of appropriate technology;
(k) to provide relevant information and advice to the agricultural sector relating to the design, production, marketing, supply, use and maintenance of agricultural and other appropriate technology machinery and equipment;
(l) to formulate and execute projects and programmes designed to encourage or facilitate the establishment and development of village workshops and other rural production and maintenance facilities;
(m) to act as the national link with other national and international institutions engaged in activities related or similar to the functions of the Centre;
(n) to do any thing which may be necessary to uphold and support the credit of the Centre, to obtain and justify public confidence, to avert or minimise any loss to the Centre and to facilitate the proper and efficient performance of its functions.
(2) In particular, but without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Centre may–
(a) undertake, either alone or in association with any person or body of persons within or outside Tanzania, the establishment, equipment and management, on a zonal sectoral or other basis, of a centre or centres within Tanzania for the performance of any of its functions;
(b) provide or facilitate the provision for, the rural sector practical technical services by recruiting and training for the Centre the necessary skilled manpower, the establishment of units, workshops or farms for demonstration of the proper manufacture, use or maintenance of agricultural and other appropriate technology machinery and equipment;
(c) provide to the Government, parastatals and other persons, technical services connected with the repair and maintenance of agricultural Machinery and equipment;
(d) provide to industrial enterprises technical services connected with the design of prototype agricultural and other appropriate technology machinery and equipment for manufacture or use in the United Republic.
(3) For the purposes of the better performance of its functions the Centre shall establish and maintain a system of consultation and co-operation with any person or body of persons established by or under any written law and having functions related to those specified in subsection (1) or (2) or which relate to agricultural mechanisation, technology research, appropriate technology development or to agricultural or industrial development generally.
(1) The Minister shall, within three months from the commencement of this Act, by notice published in the Gazette, determine the businesses and functions of the existing projects which shall be taken over and continued by the Centre in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
(2) The Minister shall, in the order made under subsection (1), direct the manner in which and by whom, such of the businesses and functions of the existing projects not taken over by the Centre shall be continued.
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