Tanzania: We have plenty of food, ministers tell public

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Tanzania’s prime minister and minister of agriculture both reassured the public this week that the country has plenty of food, amid doubt concerns in the East African nation.

Following reports of drought in parts of the country, fears over a potential famine are growing. However, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, wants to reassure the public that Tanzania is in a strong position regarding food security.

 

PM cites fearmongering

The prime minister blames a small number of businessmen for spreading fears over drought, capitalising on the recent droughts in order to justify increasing food prices.

He addressed reporters at the Julius Nyerere International airport in Dar es Salaam this week.

“I plead with you not to worry over the food situation in the country. Don’t listen to the noise coming from various people and reports in the media because what is being said is not true,” he said.

“There is enough food stock despite rains failing in parts of the country. The government would like to reassure that food security is guaranteed,” he added.

His words come after calls from a number of religious and political leaders in the country, demanding the government take preemptive action against the risk of a food crisis, following recent droughts.

 

Minister for Agriculture also reassures public

Tanzania’s minister for agriculture, Dr Charles Tizeba, also moved to reassure the public this week. He claims the country has more than enough for the immediate future and also refuted the connection between higher prices and a food shortage.

“The point to note here is that food prices especially maize has increased, but this does not mean there is not enough food in the country, there are enough maize and other cereals in all markets in the country,” he said.

 

Featured image: By Balaram Mahalder – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15174507

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.