Gov’t sticks to its guns on veggie import ban

Pushing on: Local farmers are making an impact in local supply
Pushing on: Local farmers are making an impact in local supply

The Ministry of Agriculture says while there are challenges in supply and pricing, the ban on the importation of certain horticultural products effected in January is paying off. Despite pressure from South Africa, government plans to extend the ban when it expires in 2024, reports Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI

The cream of South Africa’s farming industry met on Thursday in Pretoria discussing challenges affecting the industry. While not appearing on the agenda and not mentioned officially by the speakers, the matter of the ban on certain horticultural products by Botswana was expected to feature in informal discussions at Agri SA’s congress.

Agri SA, that country’s largest and oldest farmers’ organisation, has been outspoken about the impact of the ban on its members. This week’s congress provided farmers with an opportunity to meet President Cyril Ramaphosa and his agric minister, Thoko Didiza, to pile more pressure on prying the borders open.

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