DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s year-on-year headline inflation rate for March
increased to 6.4 percent, compared with that of 5.5 percent in February, the
National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said in a statement on Monday.
statement, issued in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, attributed the rising
inflation rate to an increase in prices of food including rice, sugar and maize
index went up to 108.44 in March 2017, from 101.93 recorded in March 2016,” said
added that food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation rate for March increased
to 11.0 percent from 8.7 percent recorded in February.
items that contributed to the increased inflation were rice by 4.7 percent,
sugar by 3.9 percent, maize flour by 6.7 percent, sorghum grain by 4.1 percent,
cooking banana by 4.6 percent, cassava fresh by 7.7 percent, vegetables by 4.0
percent and dried sardines by 3.2 percent.
said non-food items that contributed to the increased inflation rate included
cooking gas by 11.9 percent, petrol by 4.6 percent and diesel by 3.2 percent.
headline inflation rate for March increased by 1.4 percent compared with 1.0
percent in February, according to the statement.