That was revealed by the Acting National Milk Board Registrar, Dr Sophia Mlote during the occasion of launching the first Automatic Fresh Milk Vending Machine which has been installed in Arusha, indicating a new era of Fresh Dairy Consumption on the go.
It will now be the third Milk ATM in the country, though all the three dispensers are located in the Northern Zone, the first two being installed in Moshi Municipality, Kilimanjaro Region and the third is the newly fixed machine at the TFA shopping mall area, opposite the Kilometer Market in Arusha City.
According to Dr Mlote, Tanzania has 32 million cattle, but among those 1.3 million are dairy breeds producing 2.7 trillion litres of milk per year, but milk consumption among country residents still leaves a lot to be desired.
The Automatic Milk Dispensing machines are installed under the project known as DAIRYPROFIT which is funded by the European Union (EU) in association with Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (ACP-EU) CTA.
The project is being executed in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania and here the scheme is implemented through Match Maker Associates. Mkani Waziri is the Consultant and Country Project Manager for MMA who revealed that so far they are covering the two regions of Arusha and Kilimanjaro.
The Milk Dispensers are capable of storing 300 litres keeping the lot fresh for four days operating like the automated teller machines of commercial banks. Buyers only need to slot in money onto the machine to get the milk.
“The new technology will, obviously, increase consumption of milk in the country because people will be able to buy the right amount of milk as per one’s pocket affordability,” pointed out Waziri.
Hundreds of Arusha residents scrambled to get a taste of milk being dispensed from the automatic machine, indicating the promising future for the new technology.