Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The East
African Grain Council (EAGC) has expressed its concern
over the decision by some countries to ban the
exportation of grain when the region was grappling with
The regional private sector
organization has also advised the East African member
states to find a solution to the drought that was
getting out of hand in some of the countries.
Gerald Makau Masila, council’s Executive Director,
revealed this on Sunday, saying the ongoing drought had
dealt huge blows to some countries.
He called for renewed efforts of coping with the
disaster other than imposing a ban on grain exportation.
He said it was high time the EAC member states lifted
ban on food exportation as it would not in any way have
effects on food security if well managed.
"This can be achievable if the resources around us
are well managed," he insisted.
Christopher Bazivamo, EAC’s Deputy Secretary General
in charge of Productive and Social Sectors said the
community had already brought together agricultural
experts and researchers to look for solutions on the
According to the EAGC, currently, the eastern Africa
region is experiencing a scarcity of rainfall and
drought conditions leading to a shortage of food grains,
including maize and pulses.
The situation has concerned the authorities to the
extent that some have initiated interventions