Tanzania to provide subsidies for artisanal miners this September

Tanzania to provide subsidies for artisanal miners this September

Tanzania will provide grants to the small-scale miners’ phase III that aims in developing small-scale mining activities in the country by September this year.

This was said by the Minister of Energy and Minerals Professor Sospeter Muhongo during a meeting session which involved Regional Commissioner Office of Geita some Members of Parliament, District Commissioners of the region, representatives of the miners, Officials from Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Mineral Audit Agency Tanzania (TMAA) and State Mining Corporation (STAMICO).

The minister explained that recently he spoke with the World Bank, which has pledged to provide between $3 million (Tsh.6.6 billion) and $4 million (Tsh.8.8billion) and will be granted to different groups of miners in the country.

He added that the funds would be used also to develop seven centers of exploration and small-scale mining that will be chosen by the Ministry after evaluating the areas that should be settled.

“A research will be conducted by the Agency of Geology Tanzania (GST) in those seven exemplary centers, to determine the sediment of gold contained in the relevant area before awarded to the miners,” Professor Muhongo stressed.

He said that women involved in small-scale mining activities, logging and mining jewelry sculpture will also benefit from the grant aimed to increase the number of women involved in the mining industry in the country.

“We are looking for these grants so that miners will move into the extraction medium level that brings more productivity and to the nation”. He commented

He further explained that for medium level the exploitation and production of gold does not shake even gold price descends in the world market as production costs in the mines of the medium is low compare to large mines.

He urged the small scale miners in the country to join in groups in order to get grants because it will not offered to individuals, and insist the miners to cooperate with the STAMICO to be able to write applications to apply for grants applicable.

The World Bank through the Ministry of Energy and Minerals has continued to provide grants to small scale mining whereas in the financial year 2015/16 allocated roughly Tsh.7.2 billion that were awarded to 111 groups of miners and various services provided to the small scale mining sector.

Similarly, in the financial year 2013/2014, Grants provided to Scale Miners were US $ 500,000 equivalent to roughly Tsh.1billion that was given to 11 applicants.

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