COMESA happy with Zambian decision to reverse import ban

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says it is happy with a decision by the Zambian government to rescind its earlier resolution to ban the import of agricultural produce. COMESA Assistant Secretary General Kipyego Cheruget said banning the import of commodities within the market is a tedious…

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Zambia bans the import of locally available products

The Zambian government announced a ban on the import of agricultural produce which include tomatoes, onions, carrots, mangoes and potatoes. Fruit like pineapple, lemons and watermelons are also on the list of prohibited imports. Local farmers welcomed the move, but multinational chain stores are incensed and are demanding that the…

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‘Ban cheap tomato imports!’ – farmers

Zambian farmers have asked their government to ban Tanzanian tomato imports in a bid to protect them against “unfair competition”. Farmers said the imports meant that local prices were deflated by as much as ZMW150 per 25kg box. The permanent secretary for agriculture - Julius Shawa - said although there…

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