By Azania Post Reporter
A total of 55 megawatts of power will be generated by the two sugar factories in Morogoro region in Tanzania when start production, the Chairman of the Board of Mkulazi holdings, Prof Godius Kahyarara has said.
Speaking in an interview, Prof Kahyarara said the two would have a capacity of using only 40 megawatts where as the remain 15 would be sold to Tanesco or other firms.
The two factories which located in Mbigiri area and Mkulazi in Morogoro region are jointly owned by National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and PPF pensions Fund and run independently by Mkulazi Holdings Limited.
“Our two factories will have capacity of consuming only 40 megawatts, this is a good step for us in energy saving,” he stated.
Prof Kahyarara also urged Tanzanians who intend to engage into sugar cane production to contact with the company for further support.
“We want to make sure that Tanzania is self satisfied in sugar production instead of the current situation where by we are compelled to import from abroad,” he said.
He said asked investors to go to the region and establish sugar cane farming that would enable Tanzania to export in the East African region.
“Morogoro region has a capacity of producing of up to 2 million tons of sugar and we can sell the excess to the East Africa region, investors should use this advantage,” he added. At the moment Tanzania needs only 600,000 tons of sugar per annum while domestic consumption stood at 420,000 tons
Last year the two pension schemes in Tanzania ventured into sugarcane farming to address the current shortage of sugar in the country.
They launched the 12,000-acre Mbigiri Farm and the 63,000-acre Mkulazi Farm in Morogoro region of eastern Tanzania.
The schemes have also established the Mkulazi II Sugarcane Farming and Sugar Factory Project to run the farms. The project seeks to produce some 250,000 tonnes of sugar every year.
Statistics show that four local factories -- Kilombero Sugar Company Ltd, Mtibwa Sugar Estates Ltd, Kagera Sugar Ltd and TPC Ltd -- produce on average 290,000 tonnes annually.The government relies on imports to meet the deficit.