Tanzania’s Minister for Investments, Industry and Trade, Dr Ashatu Kijaji, has stated that the government was ready to empower grape farmers in the Dodoma region by building processing factories. Dr Kijaji made the remarks at the weekend during her inspection visit of areas for the Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) in the Nala area. She said the Dodoma Region is a strategic area and grapes produces cannot be cultivated in any other areas in the world.
"We lack factories, and when harvest time arrives, you Regional Commissioner start to worry, I therefore invite foreign investor to invest in Dodoma as it is one among three strategic regions," she said. "Apart from grapes, we have sunflowers, also a strategic crop, we must see how we can utilize it.”
EPZA Director General, Charles Itembe said since its establishment, the authorities have issued licenses to 18 companies. The companies have invested a total of USD 2.549 billion and provided employment to 64,159 people by December 2021.