Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has asked Tanzanians to take part in safeguarding the country’s resources, as he put an immediate ban on food exports.
On the food export ban, he said that a study had established that as the long rainy season comes to an end, there are areas in the country that did not get enough rain and are bound to be affected by famine.
He called upon business people to buy food from areas that have excess, and sell to the ones who don’t have enough. He elaborated: “Listen carefully, from today, it is prohibited for anyone to export food without a permit.”
“Maize export has been disorganised and statistics are not exact but exporting maize would reduce employment opportunities.2