DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua)
-- A senior Tanzanian official
on Thursday allayed fears of food shortage, saying the
east African nation has enough food to meet
will also have to export surplus crop harvests,” said
William Ole Nasha, the country’s Deputy Minister for
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.
website for the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) in
the political capital Dodoma, Nasha said the country
produced 123 percent of the food requirements during the
the rule is that we must harvest between 100 and 120
percent to be sure that we have enough food and
therefore, anything above that is regarded as surplus. “
NFRA will this year keep 200,000 tonnes of cereals in
its reserves in case relief supplies were needed to
areas that might face food deficits.
He said this
amounted to 50,000 tonnes more than what NFRA needed to
maintain the optimal level of food reserves to address
local food shortage and respond to immediate emergency
food requirements across the country.
the recent ban on food exports was a deliberate move,
meant to ensure that the country has enough food amid a
poor food situation within the entire Southern African
Development Community (SADC) and the East African
Community (EAC) regions.
out of the 15 countries, 13 including South Africa have
food shortages while within the EAC, shortages have been
reported in Kenya and in South Sudan,” said the
NFRA to ensure that Tanzanians were able to access all
the vital information, including food availability,
prices of various crops and the beginning of the market
season, among others, on the just launched website.