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Tanzanian minister says sugar stock enough for three months

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Staff Writer | September 14, 2018
The Tanzanian authorities on Thursday allayed fears of sugar shortage, saying there is enough stock of the commodity that will last for the next three months.
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Minister for Industries, Trade and Investment Charles Mwijage told the National Assembly in the capital Dodoma that there were at least 118,130 tons of sugar by Sept. 5.

Mwijage told lawmakers that a six-month assessment from March to August on the availability of sugar in the country indicated that the commodity was available without any problem.

The minister made the statement after some lawmakers said that the country is facing serious shortage of sugar.

However, Mwijage acknowledged that there were weaknesses on the distribution of sugar in the country.

The government has directed owners of sugar factories to improve sugar distribution systems to reduce sugar prices, he said.

Last week, Mwijage said the government had formed a task force to probe some unscrupulous traders who illegally import sugar, suffocating local industries.

Mwijage admitted that the local market is being flooded by sugar imports, which have been repackaged using local factories' packaging materials.