TANZANIA PLANS TO EXPORT PIGEON PEAS TO INDIA THIS YEAR

DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania plans to export 300 tonnes of pigeon peas to India this year, with negotiations on the business deal already well underway, says Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Charles Mwijage.

India had earlier this year banned imports of the crop, including from Tanzania, encouraging its citizens instead to produce domestically, he told the media here Monday.

The ban adversely affected the market for Tanzanian peas, with the prices collapsing to 200 shillings from the usual 2,000 shillings (one US dollar = about 2,240 shillings) per kilogramme because of the high supply and low demand. Tanzanian producers had largely relied on the Indian market for their produce.

Tanzanian growers and traders had initially blamed the government on the collapse of the peas market and prices ... but, thankfully, they attended the joint trade committee meeting in India to negotiate the business deal with their counterparts, he said.

Mwijage said that through the joint trade committee, the two friendly countries agreed to strengthen co-operation in other sectors, agreeing to promote and protect investments, as well as Customs management to nurture the industrial economy.

The India-Tanzania Joint Trade Committee meeting was attended by an Indian delegation led by Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Independent Charge, Nirmala Sitharaman. Mwijage led the Tanzanian delegation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK