DAR ES SALAAM, Cross border trade in maize coupled by a devastating drought is to blame for the current maize shortage in the East African region.
The cost of maize production has risen out of reach for many farmers hence the dwindling production of the staple in the East African region.
Maize which is a staple in the East African region is currently in short supply owing to poor rains experienced last year.
In Tanzania the staple has nearly run out of reach for most households.
Traders in Busia took advantage of the demand in Uganda that was the main market for South Sudan and Burundi to buy maize from Kenya and export to the two countries.
Maize traders in Tanzania now want their government to maintain the maize export ban until Tanzania is self sufficient in the commodity.
In both Tanzania and Uganda the cost of production has risen out of reach of many farmers hence the dwindling production of the staple.
It is a crisis that if not well addressed could see the East African region depend on maize imports from Southern African countries.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK