Gov’t ponders cooking oil import ban

Homegrown: Lupro cooking oil is produced in Mahalapye. The firm’s founder says the company has tried and failed to secure government contracts or support for procurement
Homegrown: Lupro cooking oil is produced in Mahalapye. The firm’s founder says the company has tried and failed to secure government contracts or support for procurement

Cooking oil could be added to the list of commodities restricted from importation into the country, as two ministries are investigating local capacity, value chains, and distribution lines, BusinessWeek has established.

The ministries of Agriculture and Entrepreneurship are studying whether the country’s farmers and manufacturers have enough capacity that could allow government to restrict the importation of cooking oil.

Assistant Agriculture minister, Molebatsi Molebatsi told a horticulture Pitso on Tuesday that investigations into the issue were ongoing.

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