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Swaziland to export agric products to international markets

Swaziland will now be able to export its agricultural produce to international markets, Agriculture Minister Clement Dlamini has said.

This comes after the National Agricultural Marketing Board (NAMBoard) received international farming standards. Dlamini said all along, NAMBoard had been sending local produce to the Johannesburg Farm Produce so that these could be sent to overseas markets.

He said with the international farming standards, NAMBoard would now be able to facilitate international markets for Swazi farmers. NAMBoard is the organisation that facilitates in the agricultural production, processing, storage, transportation, distribution and sale of both baby and conventional vegetables.
On another note, Dlamini highlighted that since there was no investor to take over the packaging house, four packaging houses would be introduced in all the regions of the country.

He added, however, that an investor was being sought to take over the packaging house, instead of having NAMBoard looking over the packaging process while also being a player in the sector.

“You cannot regulate and be a player at the same time, hence the need for an investor to take over,” he said.

“NAMBoard hopes to partner with an investor to take over the packaging house and distribution.”

Source: observer.org.sz

Publication date: 10/13/2010


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