Permanent Secretary, Elisante Ole Gabriel made the remarks yesterday during the commemoration of the World Food Day which was held at national level in Njombe Region.
According to him, the ministry is currently preparing proposals that will involve the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government) as well as various stakeholders in order to implement the ‘Milk Drinking Program’ in all schools in the country.
According to him, the move aims to ensure that by 2025, every primary school has a milk drinking programme as well as raise individual consumption of milk from the current 54 litres per year to 100 litres.
He said that the joint efforts will also help to strengthen food and nutrition security as well as income to smallholder producers.
The PS pointed out that currently, Tanzania produces over 2.7 billion litres of milk, where the local demand for unprocessed milk is low, with milk consumption per capita estimated at 54 litres while the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends consumption of 200 litres per year.
Ole Gabriel noted that Tanzania is the second largest country in Africa with a large number of livestock having 33.4 million cattle, 21.29 million goats, sheep 5.65 million, 83.28 million chickens, 2.14 million pigs and 657,389 donkeys.
“The cattle we have were in the year 2019/20, been able to produce 3.01 billion litres of milk of which, 2.1 billion litres of milk are from native cattle and 0.9 billion litres are from modern cattle. In addition, 701,679.1 tons of meat were produced in the year 2019/2020 compared to 690,629 tons produced in 2018/2019,” he said.
He further said that from the year 2015/2016 to 2019/2020, Tanzania has successfully established 17 new meat processing factories thus making the country to have a total of 99 factories for processing milk, animal feed and meat.
“In addition, the average milk processing has increased from 167,520 litres in 2015/2016 to 203,600 litres per day in 2019/2020. Similarly, we currently have about 221 milk collection centres,” he said.
The PS further said that the milk consumption promotion now focuses mostly on children whereby several campaigns and programmes have been implemented to achieve the goal.
“As of September 2020, a total of 89,922 students from 210 schools have benefited from the ‘school milk project’ in 10 regions which are Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Tanga, Dar es Salaam, Iringa, Mbeya, Njombe, Morogoro, Mwanza and Mara. In the project a total of 12 million litres of milk worth 19.24bn/- have been spent on various periods from 2006 to 2020,” he said.
He added: “For the year 2020/2021 milk consumption programmes will be implemented in 30 schools in the country from 210 schools that were previously implementing the project. The regions that are currently implementing the initiative are Kilimanjaro (School 24), Iringa (School 2) and Mbeya (School 4) in collaboration with Parents and Processors.”