Zambia bans importation of onion, potatoes

Zambia bans importation of onion, potatoes

Government has banned the importation of onion and potatoes from outside Zambia.

Ministry of agriculture permanent secretary Songowayo Zyambo says there are enough onions and potatoes grown locally to meet national demand.

South African chain stores like Shorprite, Pick n Pay import most vegetables and other agricultural products from their home country South Africa.

When they buy locally, they don’t buy direct from farmers but have created cartels whereby they appoint agents to buy from farmers.

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    THE WATCHMAN 10 mins ago

    Editor,
    I’ve a few questions needing clear answers.
    1. Does government know the yearly onion and potato volumes these chain stores import?
    2. Does government also know that local traders from Soweto import these products because there is a clear deficit on production?
    3. Has government identified growers that shall consistently supply the market to achieve the required demand?
    4. The so called ban shouldn’t be rushed but be gradual until such a time there is satisfactory performance by the so called many farmers….These things are easier said than done!

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    Chisha Banda 1 week ago

    This is a complicated situation. We have Governments that are only happy to exercise power by banning some products and not to facilitate development. The one party mentality has not left the country.

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    socialist by deefs 2 weeks ago

    When you banning mushrooming of foreign owned kantembas? Cannot Zambians sell potatoes and onions in Malls? Why allowing Shoprite, Pick and Pay and Chippies to sell local produce? Why cannot it be made mandatory that each mallah all have stalls for Zambians to sell locally produced veggies, fruits, curios?

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    Worried 2 weeks ago

    Locally produced cement is more expensive than imported one, why?

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    This is a decent move aimed at supporting the local farming community. It is important also to look at other products which are produced locally and this may be extended

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    Zambian inventor 2 weeks ago

    The government should take this further by creating invironments which will enable farmers to be able to produce more at lower costs so that some of these products can be exported, this would help our local currency not continue loosing value.

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    Gersh steve 2 weeks ago

    Good ideal just make sure it works.and not caursing trable

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    Yes it is important to support the local market farmers. But look at this, why should l a zambian citizen go in these shops you have mentioned buy a pouch of potatoesA(Zamabian) between K150 and k190, while imported potatoes costs between k50 and K80 something which a poor person can afford. You are looking at reducing poverty levels,you have increased meal prices, sugar prices, cooking oil prices, potatoes(local prices, how do think a poor person is going to survive with their families. A poor person can resell the cheap potatoes and earn a small income which can sustain them to another day. Govt can you do something about this. some of these decisions are for enriching themselves, and ignoring the livelihood of that poor person(a voter)who stands burning from the sun selling stuff in lumumba road. Govt wakeup, not all the Ministers mean well. If you are the govt for the people, then don’t let the people who are already poor become poorer just because some selfish ” ” wants their farm to be supplying the shops with their potatoes. ABASHI!!

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    ChiChi 2 weeks ago

    Am glad that Mr Zyambo has taken this bold step  the super markets make it virtually impossible foe the local farmers to supply them

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    This should have been done long ago to protect farmers and create local jobs. We need more products added to this restriction

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    Blago 2 weeks ago

    And this has been going on for ages. Sad!

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    Stephen 2 weeks ago

    Nice idea 

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    Lucky 2 weeks ago

    Hopefully they don’t give in and reverse this if bullied by SA government.

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    Steve 2 weeks ago

    About time. We need more products included to this list. We need to protect, support and incentivize our local farmers the same way the countries exporting to zambia protect theirs. But we now need our farmers to ramp up on quality assurance and handling.