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HARARE, The Zimbabwe government says there is urgent need to import fertilizers and agro-chemicals to avert shortages during the 2017/18 farming season, noting that prices of fertilizer have shot up over the past few weeks largely because of shortages of the commodity on the market, threatening to blight preparations for this farming season.

Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha said here Monday that individuals and companies with funds should immediately import fertilizers and agro-chemicals, including herbicides, insecticides and animal remedies.

Government meanwhile is taking steps to improve accessibility and enhance affordability of fertilizers ad agro-chemicals required by farmers for the 2017/2018 agricultural season, he said. Despite the dire situation, measures would be taken to guard against dumping of substandard products, he added.

He said importers should also ensure that they have the necessary permits and licences prior to importation.

"To avoid dumping of substandard and unsuitable products, all importers will be expected to comply with the prescribed rules and regulations which are available from the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation Development," he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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