Friday, 6 July 2007

Nation in bumper crop harvest

From Daily News, Dar es Salaam

FOOD production in 2007/08 is expected to reach 11.02 million tonnes against national consumption of 10.09 tonnes, the Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mr Stephen Wassira, has said.

Mr Wassira, who was tabling his ministry’s 2007/08 annual budget estimates in the National Assembly, said the nation will have a nine per cent surplus of food. He said Iringa, Mbeya, Ruvuma, Rukwa, Mtwara, Kigoma, and Lindi will have surplus stocks.

He said that Morogoro, Manyara, Kagera, Dodoma, Mwanza, Tanga, Coast, Mara and Shinyanga regions will have enough stocks of food but will not have surplus. He told the House that Tabora, Kilimanjaro, Arusha and Dar es Salaam will have minimal shortages.

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