‘Roads to major industries vital’

22Jan 2022
Selemani Mpochi
The Guardian
‘Roads to major industries vital’

​​​​​​​THE government has promised to improve road infrastructures connecting major industries in the country, to boost production and promote local investment.

Prof Makame Mbarawa.

Prof Makame Mbarawa, the minister for Works and Transport, made this affirmation here yesterday when visiting Kagera Sugar Ltd (KSL) to view its operations and hear of its progress and challenges.

He also inspected progress in the construction of a bridge connecting Misenyi and Karagwe districts crossing the Kagera River, noting during the visits that the government is conducting major rehabilitation of road infrastructure in many areas to open up economic opportunities, improve people’s lives and fight poverty.

“The government is committed to transforming the country’s major infrastructures by connecting districts, regions and neighbouring countries with better roads to boost development. We want industrialists to conduct their operations smoothly by facilitating a conducive environment including quality roads,” he declared.

The construction of the bridge to the Kagera Sugar factory in Misenyi district will enable the firm to expand its farms, as it cultivates 16,000 hectares in Karagwe district and another 14,000 hectares in Misenyi district.

The bridge would be used to transfer sugarcane from KSL plantations in Karagwe, producing 150,000 tonnes of sugarcane for 16,000 tonnes of sugar.

The minister also inspected the construction of a section of an 18-km tarmac road leading to the bridge and directed the regional manager for the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) to conduct a feasibility study of the 16km road from the bridge to Bunazi.

Last year, the Kagera Sugar factory produced 120,000 tonnes of sugar, with the completion of the bridge expected to stimulate production by easing transportation.

Seif Ali Seif, the KSL board chairman, commended President Samia Suluhu Hassan for current efforts to ensure a conducive investment environment, as this has enabled the private sector to operate smoothly.

He applauded strategies taken up to develop the local economy, underlining that the private sector and the sugar industry, in particular, cannot grow if infrastructures are poor or wanting.

“This bridge is very important as it connects the two districts of Karagwe and Misenyi, so its construction is vital and will further open up opportunities and stimulate economic development,” he stated.

Kagera Sugar Co. has created 10,000 direct jobs and 60,000 informal jobs, he added.