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Rukwa RC cautions over food shortages

Rukwa RC cautions over food shortages

RUKWA Regional Commissioner, Mr Joseph Mkirikiti has cautioned farmers to use food prudently to avert food shortages in the region due to poor rains that have led to low harvests.

Mkirikiti cautioned the farmers in the area following the sudden rising of prices for food crops particularly maize.

"Initially a bag of maize weighing 100kgs was sold at retail price of 30,000/-. The same has nearly tripled and now is sold at 85,000/-.... My worry is that this lucrative price will entice farmers to sell all what they have in their households," he cautioned when addressing Nkasi District Councillors special meeting held over the week end in Namanyere Town.

He further cautioned that poor rains has led to low harvests of food crops and subsequently raised maize prices.

Councillors met to review the report and directives of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) concerning the Nkasi District council.

Tanzania is ranked among the top 25 maize producing countries in the world in the last two decades.

Meanwhile, Mr Mkirikiti advised the councilors and council's experts to continue cooperating in looking for new sources of domestic revenue collections.

"There are still many potential areas including ornament fish on Lake Tanganyika which will enormously help the council to increase its domestic revenue collections," added the RC.

Mkirikiti commended Nkasi district council for obtaining unqualified CAG certificate for three consecutive years.

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Author: PETI SIYAME in Sumbawanga

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