Govt refuses to ban importation of vegetables

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Government has refused to ban importation of vegetables by big retail shops.

Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha told Parliament that government can only impose punitive taxes on imported vegetables.

Joseph Mwanamvekha

Mwanamvekha: Govt can only impose punitive taxes on imported vegetables.

Ntcheu North Member of Parliament (MP) Assani Lipande of Democratic Progressive Party asked government to ban importation of the farm produce such as tomatoes and Irish potatoes to allow local farmers sell their produce to big shops.

But Mwanamvekha who was responding on behalf of Minister of Trade Henry Mussa said other countries will ban Malawian products if importing vegetables was to be prohibited in the country due to trade agreements.

“But we can still achieve the same objective by putting other measures including value added tax [VAT] and non-tariff barriers,” he said.

His response attracted comments from other legislators who supported Lipande’s idea.

Mzimba Solora MP Jacob Hara of Malawi Congress Party questioned why Malawi has policies that favour foreign markets arguing that buyers in Malawi should not shun local products because of trade agreements.

“The US [United States of America] is affiliated to regional integration but does not import clothing from China. Countries like South Africa do not import cars from Japan,” he said.

People’s Party’s Ralph Jooma who is MP for Mangochi Monkey Bay said government should empower farmers and ensure that buyers have markets in rural areas.

Malawi has bilateral trade agreements with South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

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  1. I always choose the local veggies if the quality is good. It is always cheaper. Sometimes I am forced to buy expensive imported stuff because there simply isn’t local produce. I think there is unfortunately not enough consistency in the local market to completely ban imports. Also, some products are not grown here at all. Although many probably could be! But let’s support local farmers as far as possible, I say!

  2. A ‘ban’ on imports is not the answer. I would instead try to understand why imported vegetables are preferable to those grown locally. Let’s understand if this an issue with cost, or if this an issue with quality because nobody wants to spend money on expensive yet poor subpar produce.

    • Malawi24 Govt refuses to ban importation of vegetables Government has refused to ban importation of vegetables by big retail shops.I really dont know who should go back to school.

    • Government has refused to ban importation of vegetables by big retail shops. Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha told Parliament that government can only impose punitive taxes on imported vegetables. Mwanamvekha: Govt can only impose punitive taxes on imported vegetables. Ntcheu North Member of Parliament (MP) Assani Lipande of Democratic Progressive Party asked government to ban importation of the farm produce such as tomatoes and Irish potatoes to allow local farmers sell their produce to big shops. But Mwanamvekha who was responding on behalf of Minister of Trade Henry Mussa said other countries will ban Malawian products if importing vegetables was to be prohibited in the country due to trade agreements. “But we can still achieve the same objective by putting other measures including value added tax [VAT] and non-tariff barriers,” he said. His response attracted comments from other legislators who supported Lipande’s idea. Mzimba Solora MP Jacob Hara of Malawi Congress Party questioned why Malawi has policies that favour foreign markets arguing that buyers in Malawi should not shun local products because of trade agreements. “The US [United States of America] is affiliated to regional integration but does not import clothing from China. Countries like South Africa do not import cars from Japan,” he said. People’s Party’s Ralph Jooma who is MP for Mangochi Monkey Bay said government should empower farmers and ensure that buyers have markets in rural areas. Malawi has bilateral trade agreements with South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

    • Sorry but they are not talking about fruits,they are talking about vegetables and apples are fruits not vegs.I hope i make it simple for you boss

  3. looks like our beloved government understands the concept of free market. The concept is not always advantageous to the general economy though.

  4. The Government must put their feet on the ground to support local farmers. Otherwise they will need Zimbabwean army to solve the problem, kkkkkkk.

  5. This is wrong. What about job creation? What about local businesses benefits. These big retailers must buy our local farmers. They must only import what we don’t have. So if they don’t support our local farmers then let’s not buy their products since they don’t buy farmers.

    • But there is other vegetables in Malawi we don’t grow properly like lettuce,spinach and garlic is better to teach our farmers to grow what this shops need than to start argue or complaining

    • I don’t agree. I have seen people with big bags of garlic cloves transporting from Malawi to SA. Spinach and lettuce is plenty in Malawi. Its just that they don’t want to support our local farmer

  6. we hv quality vegetables in th country y importing. we loosing our currency on simple things. “ban fruits n veg frm abroad” tindalamati tizizungulila mommuno

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