Tanzania: 8.1 Billion/ - Released to Empower Artisanal Miners

Source:ALLAFRICA

The government has issued 8.1bn/- between 2013 to date as subsidy to artisanal miners countrywide, Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Dr Medard Kalemani, told the National Assembly here yesterday.

He said the subsidy was issued to more than 118 miners since the projects started during the 2013/14 financial year.

The subsidy, issued on competitive basis, was enjoyed by small scale miners from 53 districts in 22 regions. "The majority of small scale miners failed to enjoy the subsidy for not meeting the criteria of obtaining credit aimed to empower them," the minister said.

 

"We decided to issue the subsidy after the majority of the miners failed to access the facility," he added. He gave the figures when answering a question from Omar Kigua (Kilindi - CCM), who wanted to know the number of beneficiaries under the small scale miners' empowerment project.

The minister said his ministry was continuing with the education drive to small scale miners on how best to keep records of their businesses on a daily basis to enable them get loans from financial institutions.

"We are planning to review the criteria for getting subsidy to enable the majority miners have credit," Dr Kalemani said.

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