24 November 2012

Tanzania: Kenyan Traders Blamed for 'Onions Scam'

Onion farmers of Ngage Village, Loiborsoit Ward in Simanjiro District, Manyara Region have complained that traders from Kenya who use 'nets' to measure onions instead of weighing scales were exploiting them.

Speaking to reporters over the weekend, they said traders from Kenya were claiming that the measure of five 'nets' is equivalent to one sack of 200 kilogrammes for which they buy at Tshs. 70,000/= to Shs. 80,000/=

The aggrieved farmers have asked for Government intervention.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one of the farmers alleged that they were being exploited by those traders and no one is protecting them.

Another farmer claimed that the Kenyans, entered the country contrary to Immigration Regulations and went to rural areas to buy the produce directly from farmers.

When the District Commissioner for Simanjiro, Brigadier General Cosmas Kayombo was asked about the matter, he said that he was not aware of such problem, but he would follow it up and find an appropriate solution.

This reporter could not immediately get comments from the Kenyan onion traders.

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