Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Horticulture farmers decry vegetable smuggling amid import ban

Moses Moloi, Chairman of the Farmers United Board, has raised alarm over the escalating issue of vegetable smuggling by retailers despite the ban on imports. Moloi pointed out that certain retailers continue to import prohibited horticultural commodities such as butternut and cucumbers, flooding the local market with banned products while leaving locally produced goods to perish.

Expressing frustration, Moloi emphasized the urgent need to address this challenge, highlighting the detrimental impact on local farmers who struggle to access markets and face post-harvest losses. He underscored the importance of supporting emerging horticulture farmers to access local markets and stabilize prices.

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