Tanzanian President John Magufuli said on Wednesday his country was ready to sell 700,000 tonnes of maize to Zimbabwe, which is facing food shortage.
A statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communication in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam said Magufuli made the offer during talks with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the capital Harare.
According to the statement, Magufuli, who is on a state visit to Zimbabwe, said Tanzania harvested 16.8 million tonnes of maize during the previous season while the country’s demand for maize was 13.5 million tonnes.
“We have a surplus of 3.3 million tonnes of maize which we can sell to other countries facing food shortage,” said Magufuli.
According to the statement, Magufuli also expressed his disappointment over the slow pace of implementation of a Joint Permanent Commission between the two countries since 1998.
He said the slow pace of the implementation of the commission was delaying undertaking of economic and development projects between the two countries.
For his part, Mnangagwa thanked Magufuli for his offer to sell 700,000 tonnes of maize, saying Zimbabweans facing food shortage will be happy receiving food supplies from Tanzania. Enditem