Dodoma mulls abattoir expansion

28Dec 2017
Polycarp Machira
The Guardian
Dodoma mulls abattoir expansion

DODOMA regional authority mulls expansion of the city abattoirs citing increased demand of the animal products as public servants relocate to the region.

The Regional Commissioner (RC), Dr Binilith Mahenge

The envisioned plan goes hand in hand with strategies to introduce improved cow breeds in the region in order to help improve livelihood of residents.

The Regional Commissioner (RC), Dr Binilith Mahenge revealed to The Guardian that with the increasing population, there is need to improve delivery of services including supply of meat, among others.

He said most livestock keepers in the region are operating locally hence the need for training them on how to raise cows for profit.  

To empower the cattle keepers, he said the authority plans to establish a project that will provide the residents with cows whereby he or she will be required  to return to the project the first born calf as a payment.

“With the increasing population in Dodoma, we are working towards improving all the necessary services,” said the RC, adding that such efforts will also see increased production of sunflower in the region.

The other plan, according to him, is to set aside chunk land for vast plantations of sunflower, targeted to boost the pace of sunflower oil seed processing industries in the fast growing region.

He expressed that as human population keep on growing in the region, propelled by the government relocation of its headquarters, the regional abattoirs will likely fail to meet the growing demand for meat in the near future.

Since the government started to relocate its base here, the region has so far experienced advent of 2,346 government officials and other traders, whereby, more people are expected to arrive next year, which means there will be a sharp increase in demand for meat supply.

Pertaining to sunflower, the RC said Dodoma was a sunflower potential region but such opportunities have never been fully utilised.

He said the authority has set aside more land for the establishment of large plantations of sunflower the initiative which will see major development for the sunflower oil seed processing factories.

He also explained about several initiative targeted to assist the youth in the region through seeking ways to engage them in varied technical skills, agriculture as well as other self and groups entrepreneurship activities.

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