Prime Minister stresses measures on sugar production in the country
Prime Minister, Mr Kassim
Majaliwa, has instructed sugar producing factories to put measures in place,
which will ensure that sugar production capacity in the country stands at 100
per cent by 2020. Mr Majaliwa issued the directive
in Morogoro yesterday when he visited the Mtibwa Sugar Factory where he
underscored the need for local industries to increase production and avoid
unnecessary imports. The PM said the government was currently capitalizing on
strengthening local industries, insisting that it was high time sugar
industries stepped up production to tackle the scarcity. “I understand that
currently, the sugar demand in the country stands at 400,000 tonnes per year;
but I have directed the Tanzania Sugar Board to sit together with experts from
the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries to identify the amount of sugar
required in the country,’’ he added. Mr Majaliwa said the government had put
measures in place to protect the local industries by imposing more tax on
imported products that can be produced locally including sugar. He said local
industries should strive to produce more. Currently, the country has sugar
production capacity of 320,000 per year while the required amount of sugar
stands at 420,000 tonnes, meaning there is a scarcity of 100,000 tonnes.
Winding up debate oan the 2016/17 budget estimates for his office in April, Mr
Majaliwa noted that there was a stock of sugar of about 37,000 tonnes in the
country, which he said was in the market. He said the government had already
ordered sugar to cover the deficit, adding that the state was avoiding ordering
a huge consignment to avoid crippling local industries. However, Mr Majaliwa
added, the government was putting measures in place to ensure that there was
enough sugar production to avoid importing the essential commodity. The premier
yesterday asked owners of sugar factories to provide incentives to farmers by
purchasing their sugarcane at better prices and pay them on time for them to
reap maximum benefit from their products. Earlier, when briefing the prime
minister, the factory’s Senior Public Relations Officer, Mr Ibrahim Juma, said
the company was currently producing 20,000 tonnes every year and expected to
increase the amount to 70,000 by 2021. Mr Juma said sugar production at the
factory went down due to importation of sugar from outside the country,
commending the government for its decision to seal loopholes for illegal
importation of the commodity. He added that plans were afoot to extend farms at
the factory by 400,000 hectares to fulfill the government’s dream to have
enough sugar in the country and avoid importation.
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