By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone- Tanzania may shortly commence shipping meat to Saudi Arabia if incessant negotiations between the two nations are inferred as wished. Tanzania obtained to send abroad meat to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but this was canceled 19 years ago.
Tanzania’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia – Ally Jabair, asserted there was an enormous need for meat in that market; but it was sad that Tanzania was not authorized to send abroad to that market due to a foot and mouth disease that blew up in the country several years ago.
“I have had a conversation with the Saudi Food and Drug Authority. Tomorrow, we will have talks with stakeholders in that country and we strongly believe we can once again start exporting Tanzanian meat to that country,” he announced.
Jabir was pronouncing via Zoom at the Business to Business (B2B) conference that was regulated by the Tanzania Trade Development Authority (Tantrade) at the continuous 45th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF). Remarking that, there is a high demand for meat in Saudi Arabia, he said a multitude of investors had exhibited
curiosity in purchasing the product from Tanzania.
“What is needed now is for exporters from Tanzania to make sure they adhere to the required standards, including obtaining a Halal Meat Certificate. This is a requirement for anyone wanting to export meat to an Arabic country,” he let out.
The acting Product Development Manager at Tantrade, Masha Hussein, announced the B2B meeting strived to communicate the statutes for Tanzania to send out meat to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Oman.
She asserted Tanzania was only shipping in small quantities to Arabic countries due to challenges related with the accession of Halal Meat Certificates. Presently, she told Tanzania has only two slaughter cottages in Dodoma and Mwanza which meet the Halal Meat requirements.
“We conduct this meeting with local exporters to explain to them what is needed for them to enter into these markets,” she said – noting that labeling was one of the most important traits that consumers in the Arab world would want to see on any commodity.
Although Tanzania was one of the prominent nations in animal population in Africa, labeling was lingering behind Kenya, Egypt ,and Somalia in as far as shipping meat to the Arabic markets is involved.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent
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