BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Following hunger currently hitting several areas in Burundi, the
east African country’s government has announced that it will
remove taxes on some imported food items.
“Due to the food
shortage reported in some provinces that caused an increase of
prices of food items, we realized that it is urgent that the
government should remove taxes on some food items so that
citizens can get them at a lower price,” Burundian Government
Spokesman Philippe Nzobonariba said while presenting the minutes
of a meeting of the Burundian Council of Ministers held earlier
In 2016, drought hit
several provinces of the east African nation, reducing
tremendously expected food production.
According to him, a
list of food items that will be exempted from taxes will be soon
activities are going due to the return of the rainfall, the
measure will last for three months because the Burundian
government believes that food production will be renormalized by
that time,” Nzobonariba said.
Since December 2016,
some areas in Burundi have been facing hunger and calls for
humanitarian assistance were notably made to come to the rescue
of hunger victims in Kirundo and Bubanza provinces considered as
main food producers of Burundi.