It has been normal for Rainfall to pounder many parts of the country starting October. But this season is different.
Farmers in many parts of the country have never seen rain downing this season posing a serious threat to food production in the region this year.
If you move across the country you will find that crops have already been “irreversibly” damaged by drought.
The situation is worsened by latest figures from the central bank which reveals that the country has as low as 90,476 tons of food stock.
Figures from the Bank of Tanzania reveals that stock of food held by the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) as at the end October 2016 increased to 90,476.2 tonnes from 86,545.5tonnes recorded at the end of September 2016
The food stock comprised 90,416.7 tonnes of maize, 39.6 tonnes of paddy and 19.9 tonnes of sorghum.
“To stabilize food prices and meet food demand by public entities 2,003.6 tonnes of maize were sold during the month; out of which 1,445.7 tonnes were sold to the private traders, 338 tonnes to prisons and 220 tonnes to Disaster Relief Coordination Unit under the Prime Minister’s Office. In the same month a total of 5,934.4 tonnes were purchased by the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) to replenish the national food stock.
Tanzanians therefore need get prepared of tough times ahead. When there is no rain it means farmers will have no or little yields, hence no enough crops for consumption and for commerce. This will affect purchasing power hence affect everyone of us particularly the economy.