Saturday, March 2, 2024

Botswana gains nothing from recoiling into a protectionist shell  

Two weeks ago, I found myself having to frantically hop from one grocery retailer to the other in search of tomatoes. I was exasperated because my search was in vain. I need not add that I was irritated that I could not buy such a basic product. I have since seen that the supply of tomatoes is being restored by retailers, albeit in dribs and drabs. As this is happening, the quality of the tomatoes that are on sale is, to put it mildly, not what it should be. 

This does not in any way, imply that the quality was acceptable before the shortages that I, and I guess many other people, experienced recently.   If anything, the quality of vegetables which are not to be imported but produced locally owing to the government’s ban, is poor.  Also owing to the ban, the price that consumers have to pay for poor-quality produce has risen dramatically too.  

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