Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has said that the East African country will not lift a recent ban on maize exports.

“Spot checks across the country have shown that a number of regions are still facing food shortages,” the prime minister told parliament on Thursday in the political capital Dodoma.

Majaliwa warned that legal action will be taken against people who will abuse the ban, giving an example that Geita and Mwanza regions were among those facing food deficit.

He said the government was still collecting data on the adequacy of maize in the country before lifting the export ban.

Majaliwa, said various countries in the region have reported poor harvests and have requested for maize from Tanzania.

“The Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan have officially written to us, requesting that we export our maize to them,” said the prime minister.

He added: “This shows that the food situation in the region is not good and if we allow uncontrolled exports, we may soon have serious shortages across the country.”

Majaliwa said available data showed that during the past three days, a total of 103 trucks, loaded with maize, have been seized in various areas of the country, the second largest economy in the east African region.

“This shows the magnitude of maize scarcity within the region. If we have managed to impound 103 trucks this week, can you imagine what the situation will be in one month if we lift the ban?” queried Majaliwa.


Source: Xinhua/