PM commends sugar factory for social responsibility

15Mar 2016
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PM commends sugar factory for social responsibility

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa yesterday lauded the role played by the Kagera Sugar factory which includes creating jobs to young Tanzanians as well as improving social services.

Prime Minister Kasimu Majaliwa (2nd L) listen to Kagera Sugar Ltd Director, Seif Seif (2nd R) when the Primer visited the plant in Misenyi district, Kagera region yesterday.

Majaliwa gave the praise when he visited the Kagera sugar factory in Misenyi District, Kagera Region. The PM wanted to see activities done by the plant particularly sugar production.

“I am happy with the investment made by local investors, which created a number of employment opportunities for our youth as well as supporting government endeavors of scaling up education by building schools as well as improving health services,” Majaliwa said.

He also lauded the decision made by the factory of empowering sugarcane out growers in an effort to address poverty for people living near the factory.

The premier urged other sugar plants to accomplish the government target of producing 400,000 tonnes of sugar per year to meet the country’s demand.

Currently, Kagera Sugar produces an average of 61,000 tonnes of sugar per year and is set to increase production to 100,000 tonnes within the next four years.

On social services, Kagera Sugar Ltd has built a hospital with the capacity of admitting 70 patients per day and serving 16 villages in the region.

The plant has also built a nursery school that serves communities living around the factory.

PM Majaliwa also urged workers of the sugar factory to ensure that they work hard for the benefit of the investor, themselves and the nation at large.

Majaliwa also said that the government will build a bridge that links sugarcane farms and areas of Karagwe District to easy movement of people in the area.

Kagera Sugar Limited’s core business is sugarcane growing, processing and marketing of sugar. It was initially opened in 1982 under government ownership but was privatised in December 2001.