Tanzania's food prices continue to stabilize

08:33, September 13, 2010      

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Food prices in Dar es Salaam have continued to remain stable since June this year due to the good harvests and the improvement of the road transport system which is making it easy to access the market, the local media reported on Sunday.

The prices of food at major markets in Dar es Salaam went down during the just ended Islamic holy month of Ramadhan, while a random survey at three major markets have indicated that the price stability is a result of reliable food supply from upcountry.

Prices of rice and beans, the highest selling commodities in Dar es Salaam, have remained stable for a period of six months and the festive season seems not to have disturbed the price pattern, according to Kisutu Market Chairman of the Cereal Department Mohamed Salum.

He said that the prices are determined by the supply of food particularly cereals and it is more likely the stability would continue for a couple of weeks.

There was an unpredictable trend as the prices went up in the morning and decreased in the afternoon, a trader said, who noted that usually prices could have come down but blamed the brokers who sell the items on behalf of the farmers who have been keeping the prices high.

The government is urged to put in place a mechanism which would control pricing in order to avoid brokers raising prices at will, which makes the farmer and consumer become victims.

Food security at the national level generally continues to improve, and markets are well supplied with food across the country, according to national food security outlook.

The February/March 2010 Rapid Vulnerability Assessment shows that the population facing food insecurity has decreased by over 50 percent from 1.5 million in September 2009 to 700,000 in March this year in Tanzania, while food security is expected to improve at the national level due to the short and long rains from April to September this year.



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