Tanzania: Action against traders for selling sugar above government’s indicative prices

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Initiating action against the sugar hoarders amid a shortage of sugar in Tanzania, Elizabeth Kitundu, district commissioner, Babati from Manyara Region has issued order to arrest 35 traders that were found selling sugar at a high rate than the price fixed by the government.

“The traders were found selling sugar at a high rate during our inspection. We have fined them and will continue our drive to keep a check on such traders,” she said.

She has assured the citizens that there will be sufficient sugar available in the market.

The sugar production in Tanzania is likely to reduce to 300,000 metric tonnes this year as compared with 470,000 metric tonnes last year. The availability of less sugar in the market may lead to the hoarding of sugar and price rise. Keeping this in mind the Tanzania government has fixed the price of retail sugar at 2,600 shillings per kg ($1.13) in a commercial hum of Dar es Salaam. The price of sugar at other parts will be between 2,600 shillings and 3,000 shillings per kg.

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