Sumbawanga — AS Muslims celebrate Idd el Fitr in Sumbawanga municipality on Wednesday they and others of different faiths are also celebrating low prices of food crops, thanks to the bumper harvests recorded in most parts of the region.
A random survey by the 'Daily News' revealed that in Sumbawanga, many families in the low income bracket remained happy because of the drastic fall of retail prices of both rice and maize now being sold at affordable prices.
The survey revealed that the retail price of a 100-kilo bag of maize has dropped to 50,000/- instead of the previous prices of between 90,000/- and 100,000/-.
Prices of rice varieties at Kaswepepe, Chanji, Izia, Mashineni- Katandala, Kizwite and Kasisiwe areas in Sumbawanga town have also remained the same throughout the fasting period.
The rice sold at 1,000/- per kilo. According to most residents interviewed by 'Daily News' at different times attributed the falling of the prices of both maize and rice to recent bumper harvests of food crops flooding most markets here.
A resident of Kizwite area here in municipality Hashim Sinyangwe a father of three, said that flooding of newly harvested food crops in the market has pushed the price of last year's stock of maize in the market down to 50,000/- per 100-kilo bag previously sold at between 90,000/- and 100,000/-.
"This is big news to most of us here. The price is affordable. And despite our financial constraints, today while we celebrate Idd el Fitri I can afford to feed my family decently at a low cost ... "This is contrary to last year's festive season when we celebrated with severe shortages of essential commodities because food items were sold at hiked prices," added Mr Sinyangwe.
Similar sentiments were echoed by several families mostly from the low income bracket in Kaswepepe, Bangwe and Kasisiwe areas in Sumbawanga Municipality.
Meanwhile, Meddy Mulisa reports from Bukoba that Kagera Region Chief Sheikh, Haruna Kichwabuta, has appealed to Muslims in the region to celebrate Idd el Fitr by forgiving each other's mistakes and should avoid bad conduct.
He said Idd el-Fitr is a happy day and urged them to join hands in thanking God for enabling them to reach this important day.