‘Govt should stop overtaxing dairy sector’
THE Tanzania Diary Board (TDB) has decried the existence of many institutions dealing in milk production as it hinders effective growth in the dairy sub-sector.
Speaking during a seminar organized for milk processors recently, the Acting Registrar of the TDB, Nelson Kilongozi, said the dairy sub-sector is being managed by many institutions with each having its own charges.
He said the sector is still at its nascent age, noting however, that TDB is currently initiating development strategies that seek to modernize and commercialize it.
“Milk production has increased to 2.4 billion litres but the existence of many institutions managing the production is killing the market.
“The milk processors are charged by Tanzania Bureau of Statistics (TBS), Tanzania and Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Environment Management Council (NEMC), and Weights and Measures Agency (WMA) with each institution charging its own fees and so hindering production processes within the sub-sector,” he said.
He said poor infrastructure and marketing strategies, are also other challenges facing the milk subsector in the country.
On his part, Milk Production Officer, Justa Keshumba said the seminar was very influential to both board members and milk processors in looking at better ways to solve the problem hence increase milk production.
“The Board is looking forward to establishing new moves which will aim at developing the dairy sub- sector in the country. Private sector involvement will assist fully in the development of the dairy subsector. There are plans to establish a new project which will focus on addressing the challenges facing the dairy sub-sector,” he said.
One of the dairy farmers from Songamebele Cooperative, Monika Kiambile, urged the Government to assist them in seeking better markets for their produce and better fodder management systems.
Tanzania is home to 82 milk processing plants that have a capacity of processing 167, 20 liters of milk per day.
Available data show that Tanzania is the third country in Africa with about 21.5 million heads of cattle, 15.2 million goats, 6.4 million sheep and 58 million poultry and that over 98 percent of livestock is indigenous breed, while 2 percent is of improved breed.
In the agricultural sector, Tanzania contributed about 26.8 percent to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) and 33.9 percent of the country’s export earnings and employs 77.5 percent of the population, provides livelihood to more than 70 percent of national food requirements.
TDB was established by the Dairy Industry Act Cap.262 of 2004 and is mandated to develop, regulate and promote the Dairy Industry in Tanzania mainland. The Board promotes production, collection, processing, marketing and consumption of quality milk and dairy products by facilitating stakeholders’ activities.