Tanzanian maize, flour to help Kenya combat food shortage

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Tanzania will sell neighbouring Kenya one million tons of maize and flour within a year to help curb a food shortage.That ia according to a senior agriculture ministry official in the country.

Hussein Bashe, the deputy minister of agriculture said “we have generally agreed to supply them with one million tons of maize flour and grains throughout a year to help them end the prevailing food shortage” .

Officials from Tanzania and Kenya will meet next week to discuss the details. The cereals board of Tanzania will oversee the deal, he said.

Bashe said that the first consignment of about 20,000 tons would be sold next month. Prices had been agreed but are not yet public.

The deal follows a meeting between Tanzanian President John Magufuli and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta in Dar es Salaam this month.

A drought in parts of Kenya has hit the production of maize, a staple crop.