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Tanzania: Crop traders are voicing their grievances to the government

Published Feb 16, 2021

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TRADERS of grain products have called on the government to create an enabling environment for trade without restrictions. Tanzanian ambassadors to Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Egypt and Mozambique have also urged traders to seize opportunities to sell grain and spices, fruits and vegetables in those countries. They said this yesterday in the city during a meeting between the Ministry of Agriculture and the traders. The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Adolf Mkenda.

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A trader from Misenyi District in Kagera Region, Bakuza Mingina said Tanzanians like to export goods, but there have been major obstacles. "If you go to do business it becomes difficult because they come to Tanzania to buy and cross themselves," he said. Daniel Medard from Rusumo in Ngara district in Kagera region said they have been doing business in Rwanda, but there is a marketing challenge, as there are groups in the country buying products from traders from Tanzania. "The group members have no capital, they take the goods, they look for markets, they sell them and they come to pay you your money and the other goods we send are going to sell in Congo," he said. He also said there has been a challenge of road transport, where tolls have been levied twice as the load exits and where it goes. He also said that testing officers have been charging them fines up to Shs 500,000 for details of multiplying tests and they do not have scales to measure the weight of sacks and money is ...
Source: Habarileo
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