Sunday, 16 June 2013

Report: Harmful gas emissions reduced by 86pc

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Miguel Suleyman

Mwanza. Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has been commended for playing a major role in the country’s sky-high leap success to curb ozone depleting substances (ODS).

In collaboration with other stakeholders, the institution has managed to reduce the ODS by 86 per cent by 2009, according to a report released on Thursday by experts from the Vice President’s Office during a meeting with environment stakeholders in the city.

As unveiled by Peter Nyang’ombe, an industrial expert from the ministry, until 1999, Tanzania used about 254 tonnes of ozone depleting substances per year but the tonnage has been reduced to only 35.76 annually by 2009, reflecting a 86-per cent drop.

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Saccos receive Sh49bn loan, 90,000 members to benefit

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Frederick Katulanda

Mwanza. A total of 390 savings and credit cooperative societies (Saccos) have received a loan of Sh49 billion from Self Project, a private firm based in the city.

The money is expected to trickle down to the grassroots and benefit 90,000 registered members of the entreprenuers’ groups.

Speaking during the signing of a Sh90-million loan for AIC Nyasho Saccos group of Musoma and Tugeme Saccos of Magu, the acting Self Project coordinator, Mr Harold Materu, said that it has issued a total of Sh49 billion to various entrepreneurs and civic organisations from 2002 to January 2013.

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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Fishing industry on the brink of collapse, govt told

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Veneranda Sumila

Mwanza. The fishing industry is banking on the government to pull it back from the brink of collapse. It is asking the authorities to reduce the fuel levy on the grounds that fishermen do not carry out their business on land.

“It is surprising to see that fishermen are charged up to Sh122 per litre as fuel levy while, in the actual sense, fishing is done in water,” said Bahari Bounty chief executive Harko Bhagat. “We do not touch the ground.”

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