National milk consumption drive kicks off next month 

06Jan 2021
The Guardian
National milk consumption drive kicks off next month 

A DRIVE to promote milk consumption in the country is set to kick off early next month with selected public offices fitted with special coolers for refilling.

Coordinated by the Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB), the programme will start with all ministries located at government city in Dodoma where milk will be sold at half street retail price per litre.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Guardian yesterday, TDB Assistant Registrar Noel Byamungu said the board has already imported special refrigerators for safe storage of the milk, to be placed at all ministries and later other public offices.

Byamungu said TDB is implementing the drive in collaboration with three Tanzanian milk processors namely Dar Fresh, Tanga Fresh and Asas Dairies.

"The special refrigerators will facilitate continued supply of fresh and safe milk to civil servants at the comfort of their offices," he said.

He added that the storage facilities will continuously be checked and refilled with milk whenever the supplies run out.

The programme is part of series of efforts by the government to promote milk consumption in the country alongside expanding performance of local milk market.

Moreover, he said the drive will later on see at least 100 primary schools also distributed with milk free of charge under the School Milk Feeding Programme.

“We’re planning to commence with the 100 schools to be picked from different regions, and the number will keep on expanding gradually depending to availability of funds," he added.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) an individual is supposed to drink at least 200 liters of milk in a year, but in Tanzania the trend is low, estimated at 54 liters.

Records show that in a period between 2006 up to September 2020, TDB had distributed at least 12,023,186.83 liters of milk to different 210 primary schools in Tanzania, worth at 19.24bn/- free.

In Tanzania, school feeding programme was initiated since 2006 through cooperation between the milk board, parents, milk processors, sponsors, development partners, stakeholders as well as primary and secondary schools. Read

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