13 June 2013

Tanzania: Mara On Alert As Lethal Maize Disease Hits Kenya

Dodoma — MARA Region has been cautioned against importing maize from Kenya following the outbreak of a maize lethal necrosis disease in some parts of the neighbouring country.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mr Christopher Chiza, told the National Assembly that the government has relaxed food import and export ban.

Answering Mr Vincent Nyerere (Musoma Urban-Chadema), the minister said although the government has relaxed food exports and imports, it was still regulating the trade.

He said in Mara Region, the situation was serious due to the outbreak of a serious maize disease in neighbouring Kenya. Mr Nyerere had asked why the government was not allowing Mara residents to import maize and other crops through the Sirari border.

Mr Chiza told the House that the residents should import other crops instead of maize. In his basic question, Mr Nyerere asked when the construction of a warehouse at Nyakato area in Musoma municipality would be ready.

Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Adam Malima said that construction of the warehouse would be completed soon, ready for use during the 2013/2014 farming season.

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