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Swaziland ceases certain produce importsSwaziland farmers have increased production to the extent that they have managed to provide the entire country's supply of butternut squash, tomato and green pepper.
Swaziland still imports large quantities of other types of fresh produce however, mainly from South Africa. This is despite the fact that there is plenty of fertile soil in the country.
The National Agricultural Marketing Board (NAMBoard) has issued a public notice stating that it is currently prohibited to import such produce until further notice.
There have also been calls for growers to join the farmers union so that efforts can be better centralised. This would help to avoid situation such as the one where one farmer grew large quantities of tomatoes only to find that the markets had already been filled and he had nowhere to market them.
“Farmers should stop operating on their own. They should affiliate with the union so they are kept abreast of what is happening in the markets. I am sure that the farmer who was forced to throw away two hectares of tomatoes would not have made such a loss because we would have made means to link him with other markets, a representative said.
“Perhaps, we would have advised him against investing so much in tomatoes because we are aware of what is going on in the market,” he added.
Publication date: 2/14/2012
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