Manyara — THE government is working out modalities to revert its earlier decision of exporting hides, to ensure that they are processed locally for better prices, Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda, has said.
The premier made the remarks here on Thursday when opening a two-day Manyara Investment Forum, saying that animal skin export could improve lives of pastoralists.
"When going through the exhibitions, I came across a processed goat hide and I inquired how much it sells. I was told that it is worth 70,000/-, then I discovered that local farmers do not enjoy the profit," he said.
Mr Pinda said he realised why business people from abroad want to ship animals instead of buying processed meat, saying it was because of the profit they reap from the skin.
He said he would work on the proposals tabled to ban export of skin to add profit to animal products. The premier said the move to that effect is on process before it gets the government and stakeholders approval. However, he said once endorsed, the local processors should strive at high quality products which will win local and foreign markets.
He also challenged the Manyara regional authorities and its municipal officials to ensure that they analyse their areas of investment and promote them. The premier said they should be innovative as the agricultural potentials in the regions are not well tapped since only 55 per cent of the arable land is utilised.
He said they should involve the private sector by letting them know the investment opportunities and at times enter into joint venture so that they enjoy the benefits too.
Earlier, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Investment and Empowerment), Dr Mary Nagu, said the region has all the potentials needed to be among the most developed regions in the country.
She said that development could be reached if all concerned parties decide to work out as a team and get away with unnecessary bureaucracy that may shy away investors.