‘Govt should stop over­tax­ing dairy sec­tor’

The African - - NEWS - BY JAMILA SHEMNI

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.

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