Prof Mkumbo made the remarks yesterday during his inspection visit to factories and other projects under his ministry in Dodoma Region.
Apart from the fertiliser factory, he also inspected the Pyxus Agriculture Tanzania Limited that processes edible oil, Dragon Ltd that manufactures corrugated iron sheets and Dane Holdings Limited.
Speaking at the fertiliser factory, Prof Mkumbo said the factory will be a saviour for farmers and its capacity is four times more than the one in Burundi.
He said the factory is expected to begin operations in August 2022.
“The construction of this factory is the result of President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s visit to Burundi where she saw the Itracom Fertilizer Limited factory producing natural fertiliser that is the biggest in the East African Region.
“And during discussions with owners, it was resolved to build a similar factory at Dodoma in Tanzania.,” he said.
He said construction work was now 35 per cent complete and will cost USD 180 million and employ 3,000 workers, adding that it will the capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes of fertiliser per year.
He further said the Five Year National Development Plan aims to produce 8 million jobs, hence the factory is part in the Plan’s implementation and called upon residents of Dodoma to grab the opportunity.
At the Pyxus Agriculture Tanzania Limited edible oil factory, Prof Mkumbo said the government continues to stress upon farmers to abide by better farming practices to produce adequate raw materials for agro-processing factories.
He called upon banks in the country to assist entrepreneurs owning small factories by providing them with soft loans.
For his part, Dodoma Regional Commissioner, Anthony Mtaka said when completed, the construction of the fertiliser factory will strengthen Dodoma’s economy via job opportunities and enhance grapes production that use fertiliser.
Itracom Fertilizer Limited supervisor, Rubenga Samson hailed the government for putting in place an enabling environment for wooing investments in the country.
He also appealed for the increase of water supply saying as for now they only get 10 per cent of the commodity in tits investment area.