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12. Ban on Pigeonpeas from Tanzania and Its Impacts

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Abstract

This paper intends to ascertain the future of trade between Tanzania and India after an unprecedented ban on pigeonpeas in August 2017. It reflects on the background of bilateral trade, the inception of the ban, the response of the stakeholders, the interventions made in order to capture the effects, and the predicted outcomes of the ban. Tanzania and India have had bilateral trade relations since the early 1960s. As of December 2018, trade between the two countries stood at US$ 1895.087 million, out of which US$ 1167.465 million were India’s exports to Tanzania, while US$ 727.622 million were Tanzania’s exports to India. The lucrative pulses business encouraged many Tanzanian farmers to shift from cash crops towards the cultivation of pigeonpeas. This resulted in a surge in the production of the crop from 10,000 MT in 1961 to a projected 292,000 in 2001 (FAOSTAT 2017). The Indian ban on Tanzanian pigeonpeas, however, led to a decline in exports from 160,000 MT to 51,000 MT (Tanzania Revenue Authority 2017). This led to 73,000 MT of pigeonpeas (worth US$100 million) remaining unharvested in Tanzanian farms (EAGC 2018). Following this unfavourable turn of events, the future of Tanzania–India trade appears bleak.
Footnotes
1
The South Commission is a group of 77 economically backward countries that decided to unite to negotiate with rich, industrialized and developed nations in the Northern Hemisphere. It was founded in 1987 and established its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Commission elected Julius K. Nyerere, Tanzanian founding president as the first Chairman. Manmohan Singh—a renowned economist and India’s prime minister (2004–2014)—was its secretary general in 1988.
 
2
It entails the following benefits (for items at the Harmonized System 6-digit level of classification—a code number that defines products designed by the World Customs Organization. Countries are at liberty to add more digits but 6-digit codes are the most detailed and internationally recognized).
 
3
The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), personal communication on 12 November 2018.
 
4
This was inked in Dar es Salaam by Hon. Iddi M. Simba, Tanzanian minister for Industry and Commerce and Hon. Abdullah Shri Omar, India’s minister for Commerce and Industry.
 
Literature
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go back to reference Eastern Africa Grain Council. (2018). A Rapid Assessment of the Pigeonpea Market Situation in Tanzania and the Impact of India’s Restriction on Pigeonpeas Imports. Eastern Africa Grain Council. (2018). A Rapid Assessment of the Pigeonpea Market Situation in Tanzania and the Impact of India’s Restriction on Pigeonpeas Imports.
go back to reference Tanzania Revenue Authority. (2017). Legumes export data. Tanzania Revenue Authority. (2017). Legumes export data.
Metadata
Title
Ban on Pigeonpeas from Tanzania and Its Impacts
Author
Zirack Andrew
Copyright Year
2021
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54112-5_12

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