President of the United Republic of Tanzania Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan during her recently tour in Burundi held in July this year it has come to various graces include the construction of the Fertiliser’s factory which under construction at the Nara Industrial Area in Dodoma where construction has reached 35 percent and will cost US $ 180 million and has the potential to produce tons of fertiliser 500,000 per year.
This was stated by the Minister of Industry and Trade Hon. Prof. Kitila Mkumbo on October 12, 2021 when he was accompanied by Dodoma Regional Commissioner Hon. Antony Mtaka tovisit and inspect factories and projects managed by the Ministry in Dodoma Region where he has visited various industries including Construction of Fertilizer Factory
(Itracom Fertilizer Limited).
“The construction of the factory will be a savior by producing reliable fertilizer where it will produce four times the Burundian factory as it is the largest in the East African region and is expected to be completed by August 2022” Prof. Mkumbo.
According to Dodoma Regional Commissioner Hon. Antony Mtaka said that the completion of the fertilizer factory will be able to boost the economy of Dodoma as well as grape crops where Dodoma is the only area in the world grapes are grown for two seasons.
The Chief Construction Officer of Itracom Fertilizer Limited, Mr. Rubenga Samson commended the Government of President Samia Suluhu Hassan for creating a conducive environment and incentives for investment in the country by providing them with electricity and other necessities while asking for more water which they currently receive 10 percent of the demand in the investment area.
Farmers from different parts of the country have said that the presence of the factory will contribute to increased production following the recent increase in fertiliser prices in the country, saying that the “unusual” increase is jeopardising food production in the country.
According to the economic situation report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released in June 2021, food production in Tanzania increased by 11.7 percent from 16,293,637 tons in 2019 to 18,196,733 tons in 2020.
One of the reasons cited for the increase is the use of technology and better inputs, especially the use of industrial fertilizers.
This means that if fertiliser prices remain high it could lead to a decrease in the production of agricultural products, especially food.
The government has assured farmers that it is working hard to ensure that there will be no shortage of fertilisers for the coming season by creating an environment conducive for investors to build fertiliser factories in the country.