Tanzania Prison Sole, Marketing Officer, Assistant Superitendant of Prisons, Yunge Saganda said earlier this week at the ongoing 43rd Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair that construction work of the plant was completed in December last year.
“Construction of this plant is in response to the government’s order to Tanzania Prisons to establish factories that will manufacture goods to be consumed locally but also export some of it,” Saganda said.
She further noted that the factory will be managed by prisons officers while inmates will serve as casual workers as part of Tanzania Prisons skills development program to ensure that jailbirds get technical skills to survive once released from jail. The factory is located at Kimbiji Prison premises in Kigamboni municipality.
"To start with, we have already begun to produce 300 litres of palm oil at Kimbiji for the domestic market targeting soap manufacturing small and medium size industries as well as to meet prison officers and their families use,” she stated.
In addition, Tanzania Prisons has also allocated 200 acres of land at Kimbiji for palm tree farming which will provide raw materials for the factory throughout the year. "This palm trees farm will enable us meet the growing demand for edible palm oil and palm nuts oil which is growing in the domestic market,” she added.
Apart from that right now we are waiting for other production machines that will be used for palm oil nuts so that we can supply it to entrepreneurs and industries for soap making while others use it for our own uses. Saganda also unveiled that feasibility studies for a similar plant at Kitwanga in Kigoma region is underway with plans to construct another factory already on the drawing board.