At the signing of a memorandum of understanding here yesterday it was revealed that the project will target small-scale poultry farmers to enable them shift from subsistence to commercial production.
The training sessions will cover profitability for broilers and layers, where support will come in the form of equipment, training on building modern chicken cages, making feeds, appropriate slaughtering and marketing of chicken and eggs.
The signing took place at the Kilacha Agriculture and Livestock Training Institute, where Kilimanjaro regional commissioner Dr Anna Mghwira said the first phase is set to cover the northern regions, with provision of equipment and training by the Dutch firms.
The poultry giants from the European Union member state are renowned for advancements in livestock keeping technology. Those that inked the agreement are Aeres, Kondijs, Impex, I Grow Chicken, Hendrix Genetics, Vencomatic Group, and Gd Co.
“The agreement we signed today is meant to transform poultry farming in the country with improved productivity, income and nutrition. I urge all small-scale farmers to grab this opportunity and change their lives for the better,” the RC said.
Dr Mghwira affirmed that if implemented and received by Tanzanians as envisaged, the project is likely to bring to an end perennial shortage of chicken that compels Tanzania to import poultry products from abroad.
Speaking at the event, Tanzanian Ambassador to the Netherlands Irene Kasyanju said the project whose implementation starts soon is set to bring a positive impact in the livestock sub-sector.
Mackenzie Masaki, head of agribusiness at the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC), said the project is an all-round capacity building for farmers, not only to produce high quality products but how to process, market and sell.