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Tanzanian Mill Eyes US Market under AGOA

Published date:
Wednesday, 04 October 2006

Tanzanian firm Mwanza Textile Mills is eying the world market, including the trillion dollar market in United States, a spokesperson of the mills has said.

The MTM Managing Director, Mr Amin Ladhan, told the visiting Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade, Dr David Mathayo David, that his mills would with effect from next fiscal year establish a knitting mill.

The mill would produce various apparels stipulated in the US African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), which provides sub-Saharan African countries with an opportunity to export apparels and artifacts duty


"We're also determined to sell quality cotton at the international market in the near future," he said, adding that his mills had pumped over five billion shillings into the government coffers in revenue since they resumed operations few years ago.

The mills, which had been privatised about four years ago, had so far been rehabilitated by 70 per cent, he said.

Dr David implored the MTM management to consider motivating their workers by providing them with fringe benefits in a bid to retain them and to ensure the mills produced quality and appealing products that would attract local consumers to buy locally manufactured products.

"We can prevent cheap imports in the wake of trade liberalisation by producing quality products sold at competitive prices," he suggested, adding that the government was creating conducive environment for the

local manufactures to export at least 80 per cent of their products to generate foreign exchange.

Abiding by standards would enable the local manufacturers escape technical trade barriers imposed by developed countries and enjoy benefits accrued from AGOA, he said.

The deputy minister advised the MTM management to consider supporting cotton farmers by providing them with seed, inputs and extension services just as their counterparts in the tobacco industry, contending that the move would fetch them better prices compared to those of the world market prices.

Dr David also visited two out of eight Mwanza based fish processing factories namely Nile Perch Fisheries and Vicfish. He urged the management of each of the factories to support traders of fish rejects, locally known as 'mapanki', in improving cleanliness at the rejects' landing sites situated at Nyamhongoro in Ilemela District and Buhongwa in Nyamagana district, Mwanza City.

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