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Kilosa District appeals for urgent food relief

13th February 2013

The Councillors in Kilosa District, Morogoro Region have appealed to the government to immediately send relief food to the district as the residents are starving due to severe food shortage.

The shortage is caused by the severe drought which hit the district during this season’s crop.

Speaking at the district council’s ordinary meeting, councillors Elmina Msakila and Hemedi Aslamu said a kilogramme of maize flour is being sold at a very high price which the majority cannot afford.

They called on the government to find a solution to avert deaths from hunger, adding that only 1,500 tonnes were delivered, but the district needs at least 2,000 tonnes.

For his part, the District Executive Director, Lameck Msombejo, said he will ensure that the matter is sorted out.

He said most Tanzanians depend on agriculture for survival, adding that the shortage of rains, has hit them hard because people have exhausted food reserves.

He urged residents of the district to use carefully whatever little food they have while the district authorities follow up on the possibility of securing more food.

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