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Efforts to boost poultry industry underway

The knowledge outputs are lessons and recommendations from implementing the RIU Programme in Tanzania between June 2008 and June 2011. The programme worked to develop the indigenous chicken industry towards increased productivity and competitiveness.

The launch event will highlight policy and practical lessons which have the potential to socially and economically transform the industry as well as promote rural innovation, entrepreneurship and consequently improve rural incomes and wealthy distribution. RIU will briefly present its work in Tanzania including the analysis of the indigenous poultry industry, lessons and challenges.

Key policy and practice recommendations from the knowledge outputs will be present as specific issues that need to be addressed to successfully commercialise the indigenous poultry industry that is inclusive of rural producers. RIU Tanzania Country Coordinator who is also MUVEK’s Managing Director, Ms Vera Florida Mugittu, says that through the support from DFID UK, RIU has been an innovation broker within the indigenous poultry industry in Tanzania.

“We will present policy briefs that can potentially change the outlook of the poultry industry by promoting wide-scale application of new knowledge for development of farms, hatcheries and input supplies,” said Ms Mugittu. According to Ms Mugittu, the available knowledge, if put to use, can revolutionise the subsector and go a long way to create employment, reduce poverty and improve living standards as well as enhance nutrition security. Ms Rosemary Mwakitwange, who will be facilitating the event said, at the end of the two days, the presentations made, if taken seriously and implemented,it will see poultry industry playing a big role in poverty reduction.

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Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter

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