By VALENTINE OFORO, DODOMA

THE World Bank (WB), through the Tanzania Cities Transforming Infrastructure and Competitiveness (TACTIC) is expected to disburse at least 1bn/- to support a major project for the construction of an ultramodern slaughterhouse for pigs in Dodoma Capital City.

The development is part of a series of initiatives on community’s empowerment and development set for implementation by the World Bank (WB) in the capital city through funds from the World Bank (IDA Credit).

TACTIC project coordinator at the Dodoma city council, Eng. Emmanuel Manyanga has told East Africa Herald that his office was currently working round the clock to finalise some key issues in readiness of the eagerly-awaited project.

“Currently, we’re working on several matters, including searching for a reliable and qualified contractor for undertaking the project more professionally,” he expressed.

He briefed that the project was a result of the successful implementation of the Tanzania Strategic Cities Project (TSCP), the project which was executed within the region  (Dodoma ) for the past ten years (2011-2020) through funds from the World Bank (IDA Credit) and a grant from the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark, to a tune of 147bn/-

“The organization of the Bank has been impressed with the successive way in which we patriotically managed to implement the TSCP with professional ethics to achieve the intended end-results, and thus they decided to release more funds which will facilitate construction of the abattoirs,” Eng. Manyanga detailed.

According to him, the project for the construction of the modern pock abattoir will go in tandem with other projects, including the construction of other three slaughterhouses for goat and cow, at a cost of 3bn/-

Head of Department of Livestock and Fisheries development in Dodoma City Council, Dr Gratian Mwesiga said the department has already obtained a total of 100 acres of land in Kizota area, at the fringe of the region for accommodating the vital project.

Dr Mwesiga detailed that, as per the Animal Disease Act (2003), all animals meant for public consumption should be slaughtered at the official abattoirs after being inspected by relevant doctors, saying the envisaged project will facilitate professional slaughtering of pigs within the fast-growing city.

He added that the department was also expecting to implement a project for the expansion and facelift of the Msalato abattoir to capacitate it to slaughter at least 1000 cows and 500 goats per day.

The vision, according to him, is to set up a vast Raliage, a place where cattle will be amassed and kept for at least eight to twelve hours before being slaughtered, which is in accord with recommended standards.

“We want to invest highly in the Disease Free Zone (DFZ), special areas for keeping cattle meant for slaughtering,” he stated.

Implementation of the projects will make Dodoma a hub of beef, following the presence of the country’s leading meat company in the region, Tanzania Meat Company (TMC).

TMC’s major abattoir was built by the government between 2002 and 2003 and it began to operate in 2004. The Directorate of Tanzania Livestock Marketing Project in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries oversaw the construction of the abattoir.

The facility has the capacity to slaughter 200 cows and 1,200 goats per day, while the actual demand stands at more than 600 cows and 2,800 goats per day.

Tanzania is placed second after neighboring Kenya among countries in East Africa with good production and productivity of meat as well as foreign markets.

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