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June 3, 2014

MORE than 700 licences have been issued to small scale miners early this month, the Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, Charles Kitwanga said on Friday.

Answering a main question by John Chiligati (Manyoni East-CCM) on how they empower the small scale miners the deputy minister said the government is supporting them with soft loans for their improved business, Kitwanga said they are also working on options for reliable markets.

He said the government has come up with a new strategy for supporting the small scale minors by assisting them to get reliable markets for their minerals instead of relying on mineral dealers and brokers.

As for supporting the small scale miners at Londoni in Manyoni, Kitwanga said the government has set aside 200- square kilometres specifically allocated for them and also issued three licences to miners groups at Sumbaru village.

Moreover, he said, the government has issued issued a 180m/- loan to Tan Discovery Mineral Consultancy Co Ltd for purchasing drilling and processing equipment to be hired to small scale miners.

He told the National Assembly here that provision of the equipment has been of great support as it has to a great extent smoothen operations and reduced running cost by 75 per cent and at the same time increased production.

However, he said, they are facing a number of challenges including some miners conducting their production in areas which are not endorsed by the government.

They have also conducted training to small scale miners, village and ward authorities in minerals production areas to observe rules and regulations in order to avert unnecessary conflicts.

He said the small scale miners were mobilized on the need to acquire licences, crucial document to legalizing their business.

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Source: AllAfrica

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