Poor poultry meat market data hinder sector growth 

DAR ES SALAAM: THE country lacks formal poultry meat statistics at the marketplaces, thus backpedaling the subsector growth.

Poultry keepers fail to track the market demand and supply for proper planning of appropriate investment that would stabilise the chicken meat prices at local markets.

“The market lacks proper chicken meat demand and supply data; this leaves breeders with unreliable data to plan accordingly,” Mr Geofrey Kidindima, the Chairman of the Tanzania Layer Farmers Association (TALFA), told the ‘Daily News’ yesterday.

“As a result, the market is unstable and unpredictable; a terrible trend for business sustainability,” he said.

Mr Kidindima, who is also a poultry keeper with a farm at Tegeta, Dar es Salaam, said that the market is not only fluctuating but also unorganised and skewed by brokers who set prices without addressing chicken farmers’ costs.

Though stakeholders are saying the country lacks poultry meat market data, the Ministry of Industry and Trade issued a weekly data for cattle auctioning across the nation—especially Pugu Market in Dar es Salaam.

For instance, the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries’ analysis, the country’s shortage of red meat will be filled by white meat, mainly poultry.

Presently it is estimated that Tanzania has a national brood of 38.2 million indigenous chicken and 36.6 million exotic chicken. Commercial poultry production is mostly practiced in urban and peri-urban areas.

According to a study commissioned by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tanzania in 2020 based on past trends, established that Tanzania’s per capita consumption of poultry meat will double to 3.66 kg by 2050 and eggs per capita consumption from 106 to 212; whence Tanzania will need to produce 553 million chickens (80 exotic) and 27.35 billion eggs per annum in 2050.

“In order to reach these targets, there should be a deliberate effort to promote more consumption of poultry and poultry products,” the report said stressing “… the immediate need of branding of processed, frozen poultry products and packaged chicken or eggs”.

The Tanzania Broiler Farmers Association (TABROFA) Chairperson, Mr Alloyce Makoye, said the subsector faces various challenges including the high cost of raw materials for making chicken feeds and chicks to deny them a return on investment.

A day-old chick currently sold between 1,800/- and 1,900/- up from around 1,200/- at the beginning of the year while a chicken feed bag of 50kg goes for 80,000/-.

“The major cost component in raising chickens is feed, at 80,000/- its hardly to meet the end needs,” Mr Makoye said.

Despite the high costs of breeding chickens, the price remains almost constant at around 5,500/- and 7,500/-.

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