Tanzanian carrot shortage sends prices soaring in Moshi

The production of carrots in the northern zone of Tanzania depend on seasonal rains, and these were not sufficient this season. Prices of carrots rose by 60 per cent for a 100-kilo bag between the end of last year and the start of this month in Moshi Municipality, a survey by The Citizen shows.

Retailers attribute the situation to the produce shortage in markets due to drought. Saler Mwanaidi Abdalah: "We used to buy a bag of carrots at Sh150,000, but the price has jumped. Prolonged dry spell is the main reason for the price rise. There is an acute shortage of quality carrots and those which are available are inferior."

Retailer Rogasian Kimaro said the production of vegetables had generally fallen. Even tomatoes have become scarce and prices have climbed. "A container of tomatoes is now sold at between Sh50,000 and Sh55,000, up from Sh30,000. We are forced to import the produce from Kenya to meet the local demand." Kilimanjaro agriculture officer Simon Msoka confirmed that carrot production was low, sending prices escalating.

 [ 100 Kenyan shilling = 0,87 Euro ]

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