Govt digs in on import restrictions


Those in the agriculture and retail business complaining about being affected by import restrictions must not be entertained as communal farmers have capacity to meet the demand, a deputy minister has said. Government promulgated Statutory Instrument (SI) 64 of 2016, which restricted the importation of certain products to protect local industries. It said those that wanted to import restricted products have to obtain a license, but after satisfying authorities why they should be allowed to import the products. Deputy Minister of Agriculture Paddy Zhanda said communal farmers were more than capable of meeting the demand. – Newsday

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