Dodoma. Tanzania’s cattle population has increased to 30.5 million (cows) in 2016/17 compared with 25.8 million recorded in the previous financial year, latest survey whose preliminary findings were presented by the National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday.
NBS director general Dr Albina Chuwa said Tanzania is the second country in Africa with the largest population of livestock.
“In building industrial economy, it’s evident that Tanzania has a great potential for meat processing and export it as well as other products from the animals,” said Dr Chuwa.
Large number of livestock provides an opportunity for both local and foreign investors to invest in the meat and leather processing industries, the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Mr Luhaga Mpina said.
According to the findings, Tanzania has 18.9 million goats, 5.56 million sheep and 38.59 million traditional chickens by 2016/17.
Regions with high share of livestock in Tanzania mainland include Tabora (8.7…