ZANZIBAR businessmen will no longer have to spend much to import rice from Asia and other countries after being assured of a steady supply of the produce from Morogoro Region. Loata Ole Sanare, Morogoro Regional Commissioner (RC) said this at the opening of a three-day workshop for rice processors held at Ifakara town in Kilombero District. He said the move would also boost income for local rice processors as well as save costs for the traders. “I recently met with the Zanzibar’s Second Vice-President Hemed Suleiman Abdallah and requested him to ask rice businessmen in Zanzibar to stop importing rice from other countries because the produce is available in Morogoro,” he said.
In response, he said the Second Vice President would encourage buyers to come to Morogoro Region to meet with rice processors and establish business ties between them. Regional Commissioner asked rice processors to also list down challenges facing them so that he can make a follow-up and address them to improve the quality of the rice produced in the region.