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HARARE, The Zimbabwe government should review import restrictions regulations to include agricultural products to protect local farmers from cheap imports, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development said.

Presenting the committee's report on the utilisation of the Brazilian Mechanisation facility and livestock situation in Zimbabwe in the National Assembly, committee chairperson Christopher Chitindi said restrictions would go a long way in protecting local farmers from cheap imports.

Farmers are getting a raw deal on marketing their commodities on the local market. Local markets are always over-flooded by the cheap agriculture products from neighboring countries," he said.

As a committee, we recommend that Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 be reviewed by end of June 2017 to include a wide range of agricultural produce and a full monitoring of ports of entry should be implemented to

ensure that farmers are protected from cheap imports, he added.

Zimbabwe introduced S.I 64 last year to regulate certain basic goods which can be produced locally, a move which some quarters criticizing the move although industry welcomed it.

The government is adamant that the move would benefit the economy in the long term and has emphasized that it was time bound and would not last forever.

SI 64 makes it a requirement for businesses to acquire an import permit to bring into Zimbabwe goods such as furniture, bottled water, baked beans, salad cream, peanut butter, doors, window frames and a variety of

plastic pipes.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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