Leading Tanzanian poultry and agriculture specialist Organia will be partnering with Pas Reform for an economic regeneration project that will redevelop Kibaha, a once important regional production centre, into the country’s leading supplier of day-old chicks
The Kibaha Education Centre, west of Dar es Salaam, was founded as part of an international aid project in 1963 and was formerly the site of Tanzania’s leading poultry operation. Kibaha was a major local employer, supplying chicks to local families, farmers and businesses and producing 1.5mn day-old chicks per year.
The centre was forced to close five years ago following a serious poultry epidemic, leading to a great deal of local hardship.
The new project aims to develop Kibaha in phases over the next five years, to have a 16 per cent share of Tanzania’s poultry market with the production of 16mn chicks per year by 2021.
First phase investment has included a complete overhaul of the existing operation, with new breeder and broiler sites, a feed mill, processing and a new hatchery, designed by Pas Reform.
The hatchery is equipped with state of the art SmartPro setters and hatchers, with full HVAC control (climate control) to ensure that an optimal hatchery environment is maintained throughout the year. Demonstrating a relatively high level of automation by African standards, the hatchery has been designed with future expansion in mind. With a first phase setting capacity of 153,000 eggs per week, phase 2 will be 230,000 per week and there is the possibility of doubling that capacity in the future.
According to the company, the launch phase has already created more than 100 local jobs - a number expected to increase to over 500 by 2021. In addition, the hatchery is expected to help re-ignite opportunities for small-scale poultry keeping in the region.
Organia’s chairman Amr Taher said his company has long-standing experience in the poultry industry and will work hard to ensure that the Kibaha project achieves its goal of regenerating the country’s poultry industry. “In a year’s time, Organia will be producing 10.5mn chickens a year and we will double this output annually until 2021.”