Imewekwa: 18th Oct, 2022
The government through the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries has revealed that the school milking programme it has introduced since 2007 has now reached 68 schools.
This was announced by the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries. Mashimba Ndaki in a speech read at part of the ongoing National Food Day celebrations at the Bariadi Town Council Grounds in Simiyu recently.
"The amount seems to be low because this programme involves more parents in donating so that children can access it at school and unfortunately the response to the campaign in some areas is very low," he added. Ndaki.
sir. Ndaki noted that according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health, a total of 3 million children are struggling with stunting, which he made clear does not have a good picture of the future of the children.
"Health experts say if someone drinks milk they get all kinds of nutritional germs in the food but unfortunately the consumption of milk here for us is still low and therefore lack the germ."
sir. Ndaki said that despite lake regions leading the way in livestock volumes, statistics show milk consumption in households in the region is low with more lakes being sent to urban areas for sale.
Outlining strategies to increase the number of schools that will benefit from the school milking programme, Registrar of the Dairy Board Dr. George Msalya said that his Board through the support of UNICEF and FAO has secured funding that will enable more schools to access the programme.
"We recognise that the number one consumers of our Dairy product are children who are mostly primary school students so we are committed to ensuring that we reach more students and this has been made possible through the hard work done by the Government in our Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries by finding these development partners," Dr. Msalya said.
Despite the challenges of poor milk consumption by the people, the government has continued various efforts to improve the environment that will help increase production of the commodity including the elimination of taxes on transportation and packaging facilities.