Situated in Northern Tanzania, about 50km south of Mount Kilimanjaro, TPC is one of the largest sugar estate in Tanzania with 8,000 ha under cane cultivation. TPC also produces electricity for its own use and exports the surplus (23GwH) to the national grid (TANESCO).
Over the years, TPC has made significant investments in the rehabilitation and upgrading of fields, infrastructure and equipment. As a result of the sustained progress made in these areas, sugar production has increased from 30,000 tonnes in 2000 to reach 111,000 tonnes in 2016-17. Considerable experience was acquired and efficiency gains were achieved in a number of areas including cane varieties, sugar recovery, fertilization, irrigation, and transport.
Although its operations have reached maturity and are showing positive results, TPC plans to further increase its sugar production in the coming years by cultivating additional land, introducing new cane varieties, adopting more efficient irrigation and fertilisation methods and improving factory recoveries. Other potential development projects include the setting up of a distillery to improve the value added from molasses and the extension of electricity production throughout the year by burning non-cane biomass in the intercrop.
TPC employs 1,900 on a permanent basis and an additional 1,100 seasonal workers while also providing 1,000 jobs through outsourced services. Together with the NGO FT Kilimanjaro, TPC’s CSR programme targets the promotion of community-based revenue-enhancing initiatives, healthcare, education and infrastructure improvements.