Investors in meat and milk processing industries on Sunday praised the government of Tanzania for restrictions it has imposed on imports of meat and milk products.

They told the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Luhaga Mpina that the move availed them a ready market for their locally processed meat and milk products.

Mpina was on visit to inspect construction of a meat processing plant called Eliya Food Overseas Limited in Longido and a milk processing factory called Galaxy Food and Beverage Ltd, in the country’s northern city of Arusha.

“The government’s move to restrict imports of meat and milk products has encouraged us to construct factories for processing meat and milk,” said Shabbir Virjee, director of Eliya Overseas Limited.

He said the processing plant will have a capacity to slaughter 2,000 goats a day, adding that the plant was expected to create 200 permanent jobs.

Irfhan Virjee, general manager of Galaxy Food and Beverage Ltd, said restrictions on imports of milk products will make the market competitive.

Virjee said the milk plant was currently processing 5,000 liters of milk a day but the target was to produce 75,000 liters of milk a day in the future.

The minister assured the investors that the government will never allow suffocation of the market with cheap and substandard meat and milk products imported from overseas. Enditem


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