Southern Africa: Tanzania to Benefit From $19.7m ADB Loan to SADC Nations

TANZANIA - Tanzania is among five member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to benefit from a grant totalling $19.7 million extended by the African Development Bank (ADB) in support of animal disease control.
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Two weeks ago, the executive secretary of SADC, Dr Thomãz Augusto Salomão and the vice president of the African Development Bank Group, Mrs Zeinab Bashir El Bakri, signed the protocol agreement for the SADC Multinational Project on Strengthening Institutions for Risk Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases in Tunis, Tunisia.

The grant will be disbursed over a period of five years.

The SADC Secretariat will be the executing agency for the project, which will be implemented in five SADC member states, namely Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, and will aim to increase the capacity of these member states to export livestock and livestock products.

The main objective of the project is to reduce the incidence of transboundary animal diseases.

The project will specifically bolster surveillance and control of TADs, especially in border areas, and build networking and information sharing among the participating member states.

Tanzania ranks the third in Africa in terms of cattle population after Ethiopia, which has 31 million cattle and Sudan, which has 30 million cattle.

The estimated livestock population amounts to 18.5 million cattle, 13.1 million goats, 3.6 million sheep and 30 million indigenous poultry, among other species.

But with lack of meat packaging plants, poor strategies of commercialisation of the sector, and only two abattoirs, the economic contribution of the abundant livestock is insignificant, observers note.

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