The company director, Jiao Zhil told The Guardian that the formula is ready and that donkey bones which were previously considered as useless by-products will now have a value.
Zhil said some industries in China have come up with a technology of extracting oil from the bones. The extracted oil is suitable for making body lotions that smoothen the skin.
“We have almost everything in place for the production of chicken feeds from bones and we also export them for oil extraction in China,” he said adding that they no longer throw away donkey bones like it was before.
The factory is currently exporting donkey meat and skin to China and Asian countries.
Donkeys now face a population crisis because of the huge demand for their skins, bones and meat in China, where they are used to make health foods and traditional medicine.
The company’s operations manager, Mingyang Yan said the company processes at least 30 donkeys per day, noting that they have requested the government to allow them slaughter more donkeys.
She said they have come up with a multiplication programme to ensure they have reliable source of donkeys. This, she said is done through contract farming with farmers within Shinyanga municipality and its environs.
Under the programme, the company has signed contract with some 110 people with 751 donkeys in different district councils in Shinyanga Region.
“The company has entered two types of contracts with farmers aimed at increasing production of donkeys and the continuity of our business,” she said. In the first contract farmers are paid 300/- per month for every donkey in effort to help them raise the animals and later sell to the company.
In the second contract, the company has given farmers donkeys and pay them 5,000/- per donkey every month.
She said the company also has production farm in accordance with the government, requiring them to have their own farm in effort to have sustainable production of the donkey products.
However, she noted that the company despite having employed 67 workers and paying the rightful taxes and levies faces a lot of challenges when exporting the products.
She said they sometimes find it difficult to get challenges in getting export documents since the services were moved from Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA) to Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS).