Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Food prices go up despite ample supplies

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Ray Naluyaga, Citizen Bureau Chief

Despite an abundant supply of food in markets this month, food prices here have continued to rise.

According to the region’s agricultural engineer, Mr Alphonce Chotta, food prices rose from about 60 to 70 per cent from July this year.

Presenting a report on the food status at the Mwanza Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) over the weekend, Mr Chotta said in July this year, a kilogramme of rice was sold at between Sh500 and Sh700. But this month the same quantity was sold at between Sh800 and Sh900.

“The challenge the region faces is the tendency by farmers to sell all their farm produce without regard to their household needs, while those with food shortages do not cultivate crops that mature early to fill the gap,” he said.

He said this has to a large extent contributed to the rise of food prices in the region.

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