TANZANIA – Tanzania has reported a rise of 10,415 tonnes of meat exports worth US$42.5 million in 2021/2022, according to the country’s Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development.

According to David Sindile, the Tanzanian Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development, the export figures had listed a 492% rise compared to the corresponding period in 2020/2021 where the country exported 1,774.29 tonnes of meat worth US$4.3 million.

Sindile added that the government was continuing to intensify measures to improve the meat sub-sector including attracting investment in putting up modern slaughterhouses which were meeting the international standards.

“Until now, we have six modern abattoirs which are accredited to sell meat outside the country. He named the abattoirs as Alpha Choice, Chobo Investment, Tanchoice Limited, Elia Food Overseas Limited, Dodoma Abattoirs, and Nguru Hill Limited,” he said.

He added that the government was continuously been improving the business environment, noting further that the government had equally reduced unnecessary levies and taxes that were frustrating investment in the sector.

“Tanzania has reported a rise of 5,511.81 tonnes of meat exports worth US$15.630 million (about 36.73bn/-), over time,” the minister Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Abdallah Ulega added while presenting the 2023/2024 budget.

He noted that by April, the country had exported 12,243.79 tonnes of meat worth US$51.895 million (about 121.95bn/-).

“When compared to 8,877.8 tonnes worth US$36.265 million  (about 85.222bn/-), an increment equals 43.1 per cent as of April 2023,” Ulega noted.

According to him, the export includes 457.59 tonnes of beef, 8,689.80 tonnes of goat meat, 2,969.20 tonnes of sheep, 2.10 tonnes of chicken meat, 2.40 tonnes of pork and 122.70 tonnes of other meat.

Mr Ulega attributed the increase to the massive efforts made by the sixth phase government under President Samia Suluhu Hassan in improving the business environment and attracting investment.

The Deputy Minister’s report follows the government’s announcement of its ambition to revolutionalize the country’s livestock sector aiming to take advantage of the increasing global red meat market demand by staging a feedlot and livestock Traceability System (TANLITS) that will foster red meat in the export market.

At the end of last year, Tanzania invested US$ 10 million to launch a new modern abattoir to boost the production of high-quality meat for exports from the country.

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