Tanzania, Jan. 1 -- Arusha. Tanzanians in their millions are praying for favourable weather conditions as they ushered in the New Year.

This would allow the country to avoid a food shortfall this year if the forecast rains failed in some areas of the country.

They are also urging the government to prioritise food production this time around for fear of poor harvests in the 2022/23 season.

"As we usher in the New Year, our biggest challenge is unfavourable weather," said Didi Kidawa, a resident of Arumeru District in Arusha.

He told The Citizen that the recent rains in the northern regions were insufficient to entice farmers to return to their farms.

"Without enough rain, there is a chance that this year may see a food shortage, which...