DAR-ES-SALAAM-- Tanzania is expected to have three million tonnes of surplus food this harvesting season and stand a better chance to benefit from the yields after the World Food Programme (WFP) expressed its readiness to support small-scale farmers access markets for their produce at good prices.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa who met the WFP Executive Director, David Beasley, here last Friday, says that so far the country has recorded a surplus food of one million tonnes with the harvesting season still in progress.

Reports from the Ministry of Agriculture indicate that 14 million tonnes have been harvested, while the actual food demand for Tanzanians is 13 million tonnes, he adds.

Reports from the Ministry of Agriculture indicate that food crop yields such as maize, beans and cowpeas will reach 16 million tonnes while the country's food demand per year is 13 million tonnes. Therefore, there will be a surplus of three million tonnes, the prime minister says.

Beasley's visit to Tanzania was an opportunity for Tanzanians to benefit from WFP support in agriculture, storage and selling of food crops produced in the country.

The Prime Minister notes that the decision by WFP to buy surplus food produced in Tanzania has local farmers of a reliable market for their yields, because the process of selling and buying grains, especially maize, will be done by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the WFP.