A ban on the transportation of gold-bearing carbon from Geita to other regions has in just three months tripled production of gold in this lakeside region in northwestern Tanzania.
In gold production, Carbon In Pulp (CIP), is an extraction technique to recover gold, which has been liberated into a cyanide solution as part of the gold cyanidation process.
Prior to the ban, local traders were transporting carbon to Mwanza Region (Province) where, it was claimed, there was a sophisticated technology to extract gold but the issue of transparency between regulators and players was in limbo.
Geita region predicts that earnings will rise from the current 9.2 billion shillings (about four million US dollars), which is 0.7 per cent of total turnover, to more than 10 billion shillings in the next fiscal year, thanks to the growing trend of gold production.
In May, this year, Geita regional authorities forbade the transportation of carbon to other regions, especially Mwanza, for extraction of gold.
Geita Regional Commissioner (RC) Robert Gabriel said here Tuesday that his office decided to stop carbon transportation as per the Minerals Ministry's order after sensing the dirty game in the process.
He said before the ban, Geita used to record low production of gold compared with recent months. In May, this year, the region produced only 20 kilogrammes of gold but, one month later, production of gold soared to 104 kilogrammes, an increase of more than 500 per cent.
"Production was above 100 per cent after banning transportation of carbon outside the region ..... in May, they recorded 20 kg but in June, production increased to 104 kg," he said.
The RC added that recent records for July indicate that gold production has further increased to 143.3 kg, adding: "I think we must allow numbers to speak ... they clearly show how much the region and government in general had been losing revenues through transporting carbon from Geita to other areas," he said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK