Tanzania to start exporting sugar

Mr Kombe
Tanzania may soon start exporting sugar to other East African countries after increased supply of the commodity in the local market despite closure of four factories for maintenance, the Sugar Board of Tanzania (SBT) said on Wednesday.

The SBT Director General, Mr Mathew Kombe, said in Dar es Salaam that the board has received applications from manufacturers seeking export permits of sugar after learning that there is excessive supply in the market.

“We have received requests for export permits but they will be granted after conducting surveys to determine the stocks,” he said.

Among the four sugar factories in the country, Kilombero Sugar Company is expected to resume production later this month and others including Kagera, TPC and Mtibwa next month.

 He said manufacturers’ requests come amid increased supply mobilised from local production and imports, the stocks would be enough up to August this year.

Mr Kombe said harmonisation of supply and price in the neighbouring countries has discouraged smuggling. In March, SBT gave registered importers ten days to bring in the sweetener tax-free as per their permits or face the risk of losing their licences.
About 26 companies were licensed to import duty-free 100,000 tonnes of sugar to cover the shortage in the country and curb rising price.

SBT report for April, said the supply of sugar is good in all regions and pushed down the avarage price to 1,800/- per kg at retail outlets.

Mr Kombe said the maximum price of sugar ranging between 2,500/- and 2,600/- per kg was recorded in Tabora, Mbeya and Rukwa regions mainly due to transport costs.

The Tanzania Sugar Producers Association (TSPA) Executive Secretary, Mr Fadhili Mbaga, said production of sugarcane was going on well.
Source: The Daily News, http://dailynews.co.tz, reported by Sebastian Mrindoko

Share on Google Plus

About Abduel Elinaza

This is a short description in the author block about the author. You edit it by entering text in the "Biographical Info" field in the user admin panel.