In a bid to strengthen Tanzania’s food reserve, the government has issued $6.4 million for the National Food Security Agency (NFRA) to buy maize from farmers.
Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa made the statement in the Parliament on Friday, saying that the government would pay reasonable price that will enable farmers benefit from the business. “Maize production in the country is so promising and the government has taken relevant measures to enhance our food reserve,” the PM said, noting that NFRA has already received a budget for procuring the maize.
“I observed that the NFRA centre had a low capacity and it situated in a remote area. Due to this, we have decided that each Local Government Authorities (LGA) should have at least one station,” said the Premier.
He went on to assure farmers that the government would be using NFRA and the Mixed Crops Board in buying maize and other crops from farmer.
“The government also allows farmers to sell their maize outside the country. Anyone who wants to export their produce to Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique and Malawi can do so, but they have to document size of the consignments to be sold,” he explained.