9 January 2013

Tanzania: 600 Families Face Acute Food Shortage in Rukwa

Photo: Thomas Kruchem/IPS
The Great Ruaha River in Tanzania.

Sumbawanga — MORE than 600 families at Kipeta village on the shore of Lake Rukwa Basin in Sumbawanga District are facing acute food shortage caused by insufficient rainfalls in the last farming season.

One of the farmers in that village, Godfrey Mmeta, admitted that many families in the village face food shortage, expressing his fear that if the government does not intervene immediately, the situation will worsen. Similar sentiment echoed by scores of villagers confirm that children may fail to go to school in the area when the new academic year begins due to starvation.

According to Antony Seleman (65), rice fields in their village dried up due to poor rainfall last farming season. As a result, unscrupulous maize traders ascended into the village and a 20kg bag of maize is sold at between 17,000/- and 20,000/- that means a 100kg bag of maize is sold at between 100,000/- and 120,000/-.

Addressing public rally at Kipeta recently, Mr Mwanri directed the District Commissioner to quantify the magnitude of the crisis and report back to his office for further determination including providing food relief.

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