RUKWA Regional Commissioner (RC) Queen Sendiga has invited strategic local and foreign investors to explore untapped potentials and various investment opportunities available in the region.
Rukwa is one of the areas which make up six regions in the Southern Highlands Zone known for cereal production. Others being Ruvuma, Njombe, Katavi, Mbeya, and Songwe.
She further explained that the region is endowed with abundant untapped potentials and various investments including sufficient arable land for farming, forestry, industry, tourist services, fisheries, hospitality and mining.
The region shares borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the eastern part and Burundi and Zambia across Lake Tanganyika.
In addition, the region is also located between Lake Tanganyika and small lakes and rivers with reliable fish production including Nile perch, sardines, mud fish, English fish, luciolates, strapessil ‘mikebuka’ and various ornamental species of fish.
She further explained that the existence of the lakes and rivers in the region provides opportunities for investment in aquaculture, noting that serious investors can also utilise cash crops like cotton, cashew, palm and sunflower grown around in the chain.
“The raw materials can be used in industries, as well as food crops like maize, beans, rice, cassava and sweet potatoes.
“There is also potential to invest in the sectors that produce livestock products like milk, skin and hides as well as animal feed,” she added.
Ms Sendiga, also, said they have set aside an area special for an industrial park.
Rukwa region has great potential for tourism attractions including Old Bismark Fort along the shoreline of Lake Tanganyika at Kasanga ward, Kalambo waterfalls, Hot springs at Kizombwe village, Lake Rukwa scenery from Ufipa escarpment, Lake Tanganyika beaches, Red Columbus at Mbezi forest reserve, Uwanda and Lwafi game reserves, Lake Kwela and Tembwa waterfalls.
Rukwa is famous for the production of maize and rice and contributing in making Tanzania to be ranked among the top 25 maize-producing countries in the world for the last two consecutive decades.