They said reduced imports of dairy products will also boost livestock keepers as they will be selling their cattle to the factories.
They made the remarks when speaking shortly after the Livestock and Fisheries Minister, Luhaga Mpina visited construction of a new meat processing factory—Eliya Foods Over Seas Limited at Longido and milk processing factory—Kilimanjaro Fresh located in Arusha city.
Director, Eliya Foods Over Seas Limited, Shabbir Virjee said they resolved to establish the factories after being impressed with measures the government is taking to protect local manufacturers in various sectors including dairy.
Acoording to Virjee, the factory will have the capacity to laughter 500 cows and 2,000 goats per day. He said they are expected to offer 200 direct and indirect employments to Tanzanians as well as buying cattle from livestock keepers in Longido and other places across the country.
“We commend the government for controlling importation of dairy products. We are sure of the markets for our dairy products”, he said.
General Manager, Galaxy Food & Beverage Ltd which produces Kilimanjaro Fresh branded milk, Irfhan Virjee thanked the government for imposing new charges on imported milk, the thing that creates fair playing field.
He said local milk processors were hardly competing with imported milk thus affecting their expansion plans. He said they are constructing the factory because they are sure of the market.
He noted that they are currently processing 5,000 liters of milk per day but the factory has a capacity to process 75,000 liters of milk every day. The factory gets raw milk from dairy farmers in Longido, he added.
Livestock and Fisheries Minister, Luhaga Mpina assured meat and milk processors of a readymade market across the country since the government are determined to protect local manufacturers.
“The initiatives we are taking are not meant to harass anyone, but to protect local manufacturers as well as create friendly business and investment environment”, said Mpina
Mpina said the ministry is taking various initiatives to improve cattle genetics to ensure quality breeds that will be sold to the industry.
Tanzania has a total of 30.5 cows, 18.8 goats and 5.3 sheep. It is the second country in Africa with the largest number of cattle. At least 1.4 percent of all the cattle in the globe are in Tanzania.
Registrar of the Tanzania Meat Board (TMB), Imani Sichwalwe said they will continue attracting investors in the meat processing sub-sector as well as search for international markets such as China and Europe.
Longido District Commissioner, Frank Mwaisumbe said the government in Longido will continue to protect investors and their resources.