TANZANIAN ARMY ARRIVES IN CASHEW NUT REGION TO OVERSEE CROP PURCHASES

DAR ES SALAAM-- Soldiers arrived in southern Tanzania to oversee government management of the country's cashew nuts, a move ordered by President John Magufuli to protect farmers from low prices.

International traders of cashew nuts say the move could lead to a supply shortage after Magufuli ordered a 94 percent rise in cashew nut prices last month to protect farmers. He then told his government to acquire the estimated 220,000 tonne crop after private buyers refused to buy at the higher price.

Around 20 soldiers arrived in Newala District in the Mtwara region and will verify the cashews stored in warehouses, supervise payments to farmers and handle logistics of moving the nuts from warehouses and factories, a local district commissioner in the Mtwara region said.

Farmers will start receiving payments potentially from Friday after the verification process is completed, a cooperative union official said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK