A consortium of Dutch poultry companies have launched the Kukua na Kuku Impact Cluster, in cooperation with the Dutch government and local stakeholders on the 7th of May 2019 in Moshi. Through the transfer of knowlegde and enhanced capacity building this cluster aims to co-create a thriving and competitive poultry sector in Tanzania.
The means to accomplish the above is to demonstrate innovative solutions and share knowledge in a training facility in Moshi, Tanzania. A training farm for both broilers and layers, both with a capacity of 2500 birds will be set up in cooperation with our local partner, Kilacha Agriculture and Livestock Training Institute (KALTI). In addition to training staff to manage these farms, the cluster is going to provide training to veterinarians, farmers and other trainers. For this purpose, tailor-made curricula and manuals will be developed. Next to technical and farm management issues, close attention will be paid to food safety and animal health aspects. As the training facility can accommodate large groups of participants this allows the cluster to also serve other regions, such as the Dar es Salaam and Arusha region.
The official launch of the cluster took place on Tuesday the 7th of May at Kilacha Training Institute. In addition to the cluster companies, the representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tanzania and NABC we were honoured to also welcome Mamma Anna Mgwira (Regional Commissioner of the Kilimanjaro Region) as the guest of honour, Her Excellency Irene Kasyanju (Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands for Tanzania) and Lianne Houben (Deputy Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tanzania) to this event.
The event was moderated by Mr Melkiades Msimbe. Her Excellency Irene Kasyanju and Lianne Houben addressed the audience and laid out their relation to the cluster, its importance and the partnership between the Netherlands and Tanzania. After this official address, the cluster companies were introduced by Mackenzie Masaki, NABC. Each highlighted their technology and/or expertise with a short presentation or video, as well as their reasons for joining this cluster. Hereafter, the regional commissioner, Mama Anna Mgwira officiated the official signing session. All of the parties involved signed the commemorative poster, laying down their commitment to this cluster’s goals and objectives.
The Kukua na Kuku cluster is a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Dutch government through RVO (the Dutch Enterprise Agency) and 7 Dutch companies: AERES, GD Animal Health Hendrix Genetics, Impex, Vencomatic Group, EBIT+/I Grow Chicken, and Koudijs de Heus. The cluster is coordinated by NABC, the Netherlands-African Business Council supported by its local partner KALTI.
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