The Deputy Minister of Minerals of Tanzania, Stanslaus Nyongo has commissioned the Handeni Centre located in Tanga province on the 16th December 2019.
This is one of the seven value addition and training centers built across the country that will be used for educating the Artisanal Small Scale Miners (ASM) on effective and efficient mining. The center will also help miners gain knowledge in productive extraction, research, mining, value addition, and marketing. The center will respond to the region’s needs in helping small-scale miners move from traditional extraction to modern mining. The Handeni center is equipped with a mineral testing lab.
Tanga covers 27,348 square kilometers, that’s almost a third of the country. Umba Valley, one of the most gem productive regions of the Mozambique Belt is found in the region.
In 2017, a pilot project was carried out in Tanga region between GIA (Gemological Institute of America), TAWOMA (Tanzania Women Miners Association) and PACT that saw over 45 women miners trained on how to better understand the quality and value of their products. Tanga region was chosen for the pilot because of its diversity of gemstones and the expressed interest of TAWOMA leadership.
The government of Tanzania has seen a significant improvement in the mining industry and the gemstone sub-sector. The government has continuously invested in human resources, buildings, testing labs and various expertise to support small-scale miners which have made them realised a revenue jump.
During the four-year reign of the Government, led by Dr. John Magufuli, the mining industry has implemented various initiatives aimed at strengthening the mining sector in the country by improving the livelihoods of small-scale miners, as well as increasing the country’s income.
President Dr. John Magufuli, held meeting with miners, traders and stakeholders in the mining sector on January 22 and 23 this year, with a view to eliminating the challenges facing the industry.
The Geological Survey of Tanzania (GST) conducted research and identified seven key areas; Mpanda, Chunya, Songea, Tanga, Bariadi, Bukoba and Musoma where the centers are being constructed by SUMA JKT through the Sustainable Mineral Management and Resource Project (SMMRP).
Other minerals produced by ASM in the region include precious metals such as gold.
Courtesy: Ministry of Minerals