Monday, 8 December 2008

Regional leaders helpless as maize smuggling persists

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Mkinga Mkinga

Large quantities of cereals are being smuggled out of Tanzania to Kenya where the food shortage is increasing and prices are rising.

Kenya's food shortage has triggered price increases, enticing maize traders to seek cereals in Tanzania for sale at higher prices.
Kenya had poor harvests because farmers fled their farms when post-election violence erupted.

Although Tanzania has banned maize exports, The Citizen has established that smuggling is rampant and the Mara authorities seem unable to check it.

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