Govt to Ban Vegetable Importation
LILONGWE: As Malawi continues to lose its little available forex on trivia things like tooth-picks, government has been asked to put in effect ban on importation of vegetables.
Minister of Trade Mr. John Bande said this in parliament recently when he was reacting to a question from Ntcheu North MP Mr. Assan Lipande who asked the ministry to consider banning vegetable importation.
“I propose that government should ban importation of vegetables like such as cabbages, tomatoes, onions, and Irish potatoes so that we can save the little forex we have,” said the MP.
In response, responsible minister Mr. Bande said currently government has embarked on business linkages where producer are linked to buyers.
“Legislation to ban importation of vegetables is already there once the linkages are gone the law will be enforced,” said Mr. Bande.
Most big stores in the country sell imported vegetables a development that disadvantages poor Malawians who eke a living by selling vegetables in markets.
Section 18 of Control of Goods Act empowers authorities to ban importation of vegetables in Malawi.—Zodiak Online
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