Singida — THE government has set aside over 2.5bn/- towards the development of small-scale miners in the country. The Minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof Sospeter Muhongo, revealed this on Tuesday in Mgongo village, Shelui division in Iramba District, while on an inspection tour of various rural electrification projects in Singida Region.
The minister observed that the government had taken the step in order to enable small-scale miners carry out their operations smoothly by using better and modern tools.
He observed that by providing artisanal miners with modern working tools, they would increase productivity and raise their incomes and the country's overall GDP.
Prof Muhongo, however, noted that in order to get such financial support from the fund small-scale miners had to have primary mining licences (PML) and be active members of a mining association in the respective area.
Meanwhile, the minister has urged the miners to acquire mining licences.
"You cannot claim to be a small-scale miner simply because you dig up minerals at a certain place. You have to acquire a licence first so as to operate your business legally," the minister observed.