TANZANIA – Tanzanian government has revealed 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.
According to a statement released by the Director of Research, Training, and Extension in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Angello Mwilawa, the ministry has set up various research and training centers to groom the youth to adopt the system of a feedlot that goes hand in hand with government efforts in introducing TANLITS.
“The government wants to revolutionize this livestock sector to become more competitive and attract more young graduates to utilize existing opportunities in the global market because there is demand for red meat,” Mwilawa said.
“Taking into consideration the position of the country, the livestock feedlot system is going to be a game changer for the growth of the meat sector in terms of GDP.”
In an interview, S and J Animal Tech Company senior official Shanel Ngowi added that the government is aiming at bringing the value of red meat to the world market by implementing the system that will eventually revamp, restructure and foster the livestock sector to international standards.
He further stressed that the new method of livestock identification in the country would strengthen the availability of statistics and introduce the country to the world meat market.
“I can assure you that if stakeholders in the sector support this system the nation will eventually rise to the top of the red meat market in the international market because we are blessed with enough land and a large number of livestock,” Ngowi noted.
He defined the system as basically one used by other countries across the world to create income for the government as well as livestock keepers in addition to creating job opportunities, by placing their products on the global market.
Meanwhile, the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) has promised financial support of over US$7.7 million to about 19,000 dairy farmers and over 20 SMEs processors through the Tanzania Inclusive Producer-Processor Partnership in the dairy project’ (TI3P).
According to the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Mr. Abdallah Ulega, the project focuses on catalyzing an inclusive transformation of the Tanzania dairy sector.
“TADB is doing a good job in supporting the livestock sector and its value chain as the country moves to grab a great deal In the untapped potential in this sector,” he said.
He added that TI3P aims at promoting public-private investments to increase the incomes of small-scale dairy farmers through increased sustainable growth of dairy processing, and increased demand.
Ulega insisted on strategic investment in the sector to increase productivity and help to improve the livelihoods of many small livestock keepers and the country as a whole.