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Sugar investor to be given alternative land in Mtwara; investment plans not to be affected .

Sugar-growing SJ Sugar Distillery & Power Private Company has been assured by the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) that it will be given substitute land for growing sugar cane and shift from the current tract that has been flooded.


The TIC Executive Director, Mr. Geoffrey Mwambe, after visiting the flooded tract, told the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kamel Abdullah Saleem, that the Centre in collaboration with the Mtwara District Council would find alternative land to allow the investor to continue with investment plans.


“This investor had already planted sugar cane seedlings in 500 hectares out of the 3,000 given to him in Kilambo area. But the entire land has been flooded by the on-going rains, destroying all the property. We have contacted Mtwara District Council for alternative land to be given to the investor,”.


Mwambe said the sugar factory would be first one in the Southern regions and would produce 10,000 tons of sugar annually for an ever-increasing local market.  “We shall support the company in getting suitable land to continue with production but at the same time ensure no harm is done to the environment,” he said, adding that investment was an important element in promoting the national industrialization agenda. 


Mtwara District Commissioner Mr. Evod Mmanda also assured that all necessary ground work would be done by District experts before land was given to the investor. 


Mr. Saleem thanked the TIC and the Regional Administration for urgent action to ensure the company’s investment plans did not fail.  “We are thankful the immediate response of the leaders in the Regional Administration and Tanzania Investment Centre, they have visited our flooded area, consoled us and pledged to give us alternative land to continue with our plans,”.


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