The Minister

of Agriculture, Hussein Bashe, has said that this year the Government will import more than 300,000 tons of sugar to meet the current deficit.

He said that by March 15, 2024, 60,000 tons of sugar will have been imported into the country, thus bringing relief to consumers.

Minister Bashe has said this at the White House, Dar es Salaam during a meeting of editors and reporters with the Director of Presidential Communications, White House regarding the visit of President Samia Suluhu Hassan to the Vatican, Norway and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Minister Bashe has emphasized that the Government will continue to import sugar from abroad due to the fact that many sugarcane fields are affected by the rain and thus affect production.

He added that the National Food Storage Agency (NFRA) has entered into an agreement with companies that import sugar into the country and not traders.

However, Minister Bashe has said that the current problem is that some traders increase the price of sugar and until now more than 80 traders have been arrested for increasing the price of sugar.