Mwanza — MWANZA Textile Mills (Tanzania - Mwatex 2001) Ltd has increased production over 30 per cent in the last three years. The Mwatex Human Resource Manager, Evodius Kaijage, told the 'Daily News' that textile industry that was privatized in 2001 has in the recent past made tremendous progress.
"Unlike in 2009 when Mwatex mills production stood at less than 80,000 greys per month, the textile is currently producing between 200,000 and 300,000 greys per day," Mr Kaijage says.
Mr Kaijage, who spoke on behalf of the Mwanza Textile Mills Managing Director, Amin Ladhani, says the industry utilizes raw materials (cotton) that are being produced mostly by local cotton growers.
"The production at this juncture is pretty stable, and we sell our products here in the country, and also in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Some of the items are also exported in Europe.We have also an access to US markets through the so- called African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA)," he explained.
Officials say the textile mills, that is based on Nyamagana district in Mwanza city, had also succeeded to employ over 600 workers as compared to the 80 employees when the textile mills was privatized almost a decade ago. During a climax of the Nane Nane ceremony that took place at Nyamhongoro Grounds, the Mwanza Regional Commissioner, Eng. Evarist Ndikilo, awarded the Mwatex a certificate of recognition as it became an overall winner among the giant industries in the region for consecutive three years.
Eng. Ndikilo also hailed Mwatex for its continuous endeavour to improve production and productivity, and called on other local industries to play a decisive role to boost the national economy. Local experts have called on Tanzania government to put in place a viable policy that would protect the textile mills and other local industries.
Speaking at the workshop on African Clothing and Research Network that took place a few weeks ago, the Director of Mzumbe University Dar es Salaam Business School, Andrew Mbwambo, expressed concern as saying, "The policy will have a lot of meanings to local cotton industries since they will be forced to use the locally produced materials hence bringing stiff competition against imported products."
Director General of Economic Processing Zones Authority (EPZA), Dr Adelhelm Meru says the government was taking all the necessary measures to ensure the industrial sector is revived and given priority, saying Tanzania is among few countries producing cotton in the world, but unfortunately end up sold outside the county as raw materials.