TANZANIAN GOVT PLANS GPS TRACKING FOR VEHICLES TRANSPORTING CASHEW NUTS FOR EXPORT

DAR-ES-SALAAM-- The Tanzanian government is considering fixing GPS tracking systems on all vehicles carrying cashew nuts from producers to the point of export to check sabotage by dishonest transporters and traders, says Agriculture Minister Dr Charles Tizeba.

He told journalists here over the weekend that he is also willing to share the plan with Ministers of State and Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa to help in resolving the matter that's likely to tarnish the country's image on international markets.

This is my plan. I will have to discuss with other ministers in the value chain to reach a general understanding, he said when announcing that this year's Nane Nane Agri-business Exhibition will be held for the first time in Simiyu region in northern Tanzania, more than 1,200 kilometres from here.

The minister's remark follows a recent report indicating that Tanzanian cashew nuts which were exported to Vietnam contained stones. The report was submitted to him last month and he has tasked his ministry's Permanent Secretary, Mathew Mtigumwe, to work with security organs to ensure all the perpetrators face the law.

Tanzania is East Africa's largest exporter of raw cashew nuts to India and Vietnam. Official figures show that until February this year, the country had exported 190 tonnes out of the target of 230 tonnes during the current season.

Dr Tizeba said he will be meeting with the Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Prof Makame Mbarawa, Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Philip Mpango, Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment Charles Mwijage on the matter. The plan is to ensure all the export-bound cargoes ares tracked from point to point as well as being monitored throughout until it's loaded onto the ship.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK