In ensuring the Livestock Sector in Tanzania achieves the goal of contributing to GDP 15 percent by 2025, the government has continued to strengthen markets and expand the scope of finding major markets abroad and domestically.
The sector currently contributes 7.4 percent to GDP while the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries continues its efforts to continue growing the sector.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (Livestock), Prof. Elisante Ole Gabriel earlier this week met with a delegation from Saudi Arabia with the aim of creating a condusive environment for the meat trade with Saudi Arabia.
The delegation from Saudi Arabia led by the Auditor General, Medicines and Food Authority, Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Alhajouj.
Before the meeting with Prof Gabriel, the delegation had the opportunity to inspect various areas involved in the processing of livestock products including abattoirs, Laboratories and the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), and to make several suggestions for improvement so that the trade can be carried out to the extent required by the country.
“These overseas markets are good because they provide us foreign exchange but also assure our pastoralists a reliable market for their livestock products,” said Prof. Ole Gabriel
In addition, Prof. Gabriel appealed to pastoralists in the country to take the initiative as a great opportunity and thus ensure that they improve their pastoralism to be more modern to meet the international market.
“The government is easy to find markets but does the existing livestock satisfy the market? So I urge pastoralists and traders to make good use of this opportunity to improve their and the national economy as well,” he added. Ole Gabriel
Prof. Ole Gabriel also say that, Ministry will provide cooperation to every stakeholder contributing to the value chain of livestock products to ensure there is a quality crop for the domestic and foreign markets.
The Registrar of the Meat Board, Dr. Daniel Mushi he thanked the Government for the various efforts it is making in collaboration with stakeholders to open other markets abroad to sell meat in markets that pay better prices.
“In order to reach these markets we must improve the nutrition of livestock so that the animals can grow faster and who will have more quality meat” Dr. Daniel Mushi.
Tanzania has continued to attract investors from all over the world. It will be recalled recently, President Samia met with the King of Saudi Arabia where among the areas considered was the Livestock Sector and directed the Ministry to seek overseas markets including Saudi Arabia.