TANZANIA – Tanzania has reduced its meat imports by 63% from 1,401.96 tonnes to 516.63 tonnes within a period of one year on the back of the improving local industry.
This was majorly supported by various initiatives adopted by the government aimed at increasing local meat production and consumption, says
Besides imposing strict measures to control imports of livestock-related products and instead stimulate exports, he said that the authority has also committed to
According to the
The country’s local production during the period increased 1.6 percent to 690,629 tonnes.
Tanzania counts major investments in the sector reflected by various meat processing facilities in including
In addition, the sector is also set to receive a boost from the ongoing construction of
The country also launched a meat production pilot project at Chobo Investment factory in Mwanza Region last year.
Mr Sosthenes however noted that despite a decline in meat imports, exports would increase after the completion of the meat processing factories.
He also noted that the TMB has also embarked on reinforcing measures to ensure hygiene and safety in the meat processing facilities as well as retail outlets.
Mr Sosthenes insisted that more emphasis should be put on the food safety systems in the sector since most of the meat outlets in the country operate under condition that are below standards.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (
Data from the Ministry of