DAR ES SALAAM: Today's Lucy Ngowi has emerged as the overall winner of the competition for science and journalism by the Commission on Science and Technology (Costech).

The award was presented on Saturday night at the Costech Hall in Dar es Salaam, where Lucy was the overall winner, followed by Seleman Msuya of Mwananchi Magazine, who won the all-time best science journalism.

Speaking before the awarding of the award, Costech Director-General Dr Amos Nungu said the commission is proud of journalists who are covering science and technology.

"When we have writers who can write fluently it's a good thing. Science and technology are increasing productivity in agriculture. Science and technology must be used in this climate change that is fuelling droughts and crop disturbances," Nungu said.

He said that when scientists do their research well and the information reaches farmers, they will grow productively using science and technology.

"Working with Costech and writers is unavoidable. "We continue to support them," he said.

For his part, Tanzania Biotechnology Forum (Ofab) coordinator Dr Philbert Ninyondi said the past seven years they had been holding a competition for science journalists for the commission to make an announcement that called on journalists to submit their work.

He said this year the practice has changed and looks at science reports published by journalists weekly or monthly and you know what the journalist has written or what the media has published.

"After following up on the procedure the work was given to the judges, the commission saw who had done what and the judges looked at who deserved the award," he said.

For her part, Lucy thanked God for the award and thanked the company she works for, Dailynews and NewsToday, for coordinating various trainings for journalists and researchers from universities including the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), and the Sokoine Agricultural University (SUA) of Morogoro.

"This victory is not only mine but a victory for TSN, Costech and various researchers," he said, advising journalists not to give up on science in agriculture, especially biotechnology in today's climate-challenged world.