Director of Production and Marketing at the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Felix Adam Nandonde made the call over the weekend when opening a two-day seminar for 30 groups of poultry farmers in Mkuranga District, Coast Region.
Dr Nandonde said the training was part of the government strategies to improve chicken rearing and to improve the livelihood of villagers. He said it was possible to eradicate poverty amongst villagers through promotion of poultry farming.
“We have embarked on plans to increase production of white meat in the country, failure to increase its production will result into a deficit of 2 million tonnes of white meat by 2030,” he noted adding the strategy is part of the government’s five years program to develop the sector.
He added that the program which has been implemented since 2017 will end in 2021. It is supervised by the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries.
“Our plans are to ensure availability of sufficient supply of wheat meat by 2030,” said Dr Nandonde insisting of farmers to consider professional advises and make use the acquired skills to improve their poultry activities.
According to him, the ministry has now started to produce a medicinal vaccination that will help protect chicken from a number of diseases including Newcastle disease.
Mkuranga District Commissioner, Filbeto Sanga urged farmers to properly apply the acquired skills. He said apart from being provided with 42 chicks each, they should strive to increase its numbers.
The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries has so far provided training and chicks to poultry farmers in four regions—Singida, Dodoma, Dar es Salaam and Lindi as well as Mkuranga District in Coast Region.
The current population of chickens is estimated at 72 million, of which 40 million are indigenous chicken and the remaining 32 million are exotic poultry, which include 24 million broilers and 8 million layers. Among the existing 4.7 million agricultural households in Tanzania, 3.7 million households keep chicken.