Investors in the poultry sub-sector have been encouraged to invest in ‘cold chains’ infrastructure for chicken meat conservation that can guarantee farmers an opportunity to supply meat throughout the year, contributing greatly to industry growth.
A cold chain is an uninterrupted series of refrigerated production, storage and distribution activities, along with associated equipment and logistics, which maintain the desired low-temperature range.
This was said by Mr. Ezekiel Maro, an official from the Tanzania Meat Board (TMB) at the Ongoing 42nd Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF).
“This is a huge opportunity for investors to tap by investing in cold chains infrastructure conservation that guarantees a sustainable market supply of chicken meat and incomes to farmers,” he said.
As Tanzania is currently implementing the industrialization drive, he said investment in cold chains is inevitable in making poultry production more sustainable as well as boost farmers earnings.
He said the investment will also help to reduce post-harvest loss in poultry keeping, particularly to farmers engaged in broilers
The poultry industry seems to have a bright future as the government has been slashing various taxes and duties in poultry feeds in order to reduce operational costs and encourage more investments.
Also, the government in collaboration with stakeholders is supporting and strengthening technical support services and promoting the use of appropriate technologies in poultry production.
In addition, they support the establishment of quality breeding farms and hatchery facilities; poultry producers and trade associations are promoted and encouraged.
Tanzania’s per capita consumption of poultry meat is estimated at about 15 kg per annum. Traditional chicken shows a high potential to improve food security and household income of rural people, particularly disadvantaged groups such as women and children.