Tanzania Poultry Show Highlights Latest Poultry, Feed, Meat Production Techniques

After a two-year hiatus, the Tanzania Poultry Show (TPS) returned to Dar es Salaam earlier this month. The TPS, hosted by the Poultry Association of Tanzania (PAT), exhibits the latest poultry, feed and meat production techniques available from local, regional and international companies and industry experts. Working closely with the PAT, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) supported the association’s members based in Tanga and Morogoro, Tanzania, to travel to Dar es Salaam to attend the event. More than 60 producers from these regions attended the expo.

Held annually since 2015, the TPS is a leading poultry industry event in the country and has continued to grow since its launch. Held over two-days, the TPS allowed both local and internationally based attendees and exhibitors to exchange knowledge on improved production techniques as well as quality standards and protocols for both poultry feed manufacturing as well as poultry processing.

“This year’s show brought together a record 30 exhibitors – selling out all available space at the expo. More than 1,500 individuals attended the expo over the two-day program – matching, if not exceeding, attendance levels from the previous TPS in 2019,” said Katy Wyatt, USGC manager of global strategies.

Beyond the expo itself, attendees benefitted from more than 18 seminars on various topics relevant to the poultry industry, including poultry vaccination protocols in tropical climates, tools for cost efficient feed formulations and mycotoxin risk management.

As the TPS has continued to expand in recent years, the caliber of topics and information available at the expo has strengthened.

“It has been incredible to see how this year’s TPS came together – after a two-year pause due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, there has been immense energy and momentum put into the planning of this year’s event and the attendee numbers and feedback from the event demonstrates this,” Wyatt said.

In previous years, the poultry show was held in conjunction with World Egg Day, which works to promote egg consumption globally. In Tanzania, egg consumption is estimated to be 106 eggs per capita annually, significantly less than the recommended consumption of 300 eggs per capita annually, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Participation in World Egg Day serves as a key opportunity for the Tanzania Layer Farmer Association (TAFLA) as well as the PAT to highlight egg production in the country. As part of this year’s activities around World Egg Day, the TPS raffled egg trays and promoted egg-based meals. In addition, the PAT donated egg trays to local orphanages.

“The poultry show is a leading opportunity for the PAT to bring together all stakeholders of the poultry and feed industry to learn from others in the industry to build and strengthen their own operations – while simultaneously supporting the broader development and expansion of the poultry and feed market in the country and region more broadly,” Wyatt said.