'Ban food imports'

HARARE - Simbaneuta Mudarikwa, minister of State for Provincial Affairs, has called on government to ban imports of cheap foodstuffs to eliminate unfair competition for local producers.

Mudarikwa was speaking on the sidelines of a United Methodist Committee on Relief (Umcor) and World Food Programme (WFP) food donation ceremony at Magadu Primary School in Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe (UMP) earlier this week.

The Mashonaland East provincial minister said the cheap imports affected the pricing of most food stuffs in Zimbabwe.

“There is no demand for beef in the country because of cheap imports of chicken from countries like South Africa. It is affecting the price of cattle here,” Mudarikwa said.

“When we import food, we are also importing jobs which would have otherwise been created by our people who are involved in livestock production.”

Mudarikwa said the cheap imports also hampered government indigenisation efforts which sought to put the means of production in the hands of locals.

“Our youths here have benefited from the governments indigenisation programme but most of them are involved in livestock production because we are in Region Four where the rainfall pattern is bad but there are no markets for their commodities because of these cheap imports,” he said.

Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) says  the importation of cheap goods not only made the playing ground uneven for local industries but turned the country into a dumping ground of substandard goods.

The imported goods are usually sold at a much lower price.

For instance, a pocket of imported potatoes will cost anything from between $4 to $6 while locally grown potatoes are being sold between $10 and $12.

These goods usually do not compete with locally-grown produce as most of it is genetically modified.

Comments (10)

In the name of the Devil who is this Mudarikwa representing to pontificate in this deranged manner ? He lives in a fools paradise .

analyst - 28 November 2013

Ndozvinoita vakanyanya kugutisa nezvekuba. This idiot ater forcing every Mutoko oerson to have a his poster in the home now wants them to starve. Can he point at cheap food imports? The problem of creating useless posts can cause problems to the problem like that other Masvingo buffoon who banned NGOs from distributing food in Masvingo ending with peiople surviving on hacha.

Maita Manyuka - 28 November 2013

Why should the general population suffer for the sake of industries bent on profiteering. If I can have an imported bag of potatoes for $6 let me be!!! Zimbabweans are more worried about bread and butter issues, what they'll eat moreover at a time the US$ is hard to come by. We want to eat at the lowest possible cost and our Zim companies should compete for our dollars. If not let them export to those that can afford. Its totally senseless for me to buy 500ml of sterilized milk for $1 when I can buy imported 1litre Parmalat for the same dollar.

Nkosi Yenzile - 28 November 2013

true nkosi and that same steri milk its imported from malawi.

bhoramusango - 28 November 2013

Waiting for ZANU-PF supporters to say somthing. Please rise and be heard men and women of the people's oppressor's party

Bingo Wajakata - 28 November 2013

dont just mek noise b4 studyin e consequences (long or short term "+" / "-" effects)

Yahweh rulez - 28 November 2013

the potatatoes mentioned are not gmo.the fruits-apples and grapes are naturally grown.zimbabwe is over pricing its products ; grown on free land but unaffordable produce. minister, imports saw us through 2008. your farmer should adjust or sink. import duties should actually be removed from groceries. dstv- full R299 , in zim $78.00 , ADSL uncapped R199- 299, zim tel 1 $216. IS THAT GMO ? zim$ mind is used for USD$ CHARGING BY ZIMBABWEANS. No to food imports ban!

nhema - 28 November 2013

Its not only food that is sold for less in other countries. Shoes, TVs, Cars, Clothes etc. Becoz Zimbabwes business men want to get rich faster thats why they complain. The minister is a fool. If they ban them we will bribe the border police to let us thru.

mwana wapresident - 28 November 2013

Mudarikwa mhata yamai vako unovapeyi vanhu vezimbabwe kuti vararame uri dhuzvi chairo vanhu vari kufa nenzara nokuti nyika hana chokudya asi witi rambidzayi vanhu kutsvaka chikafu kunze uri kuziva zvauri kutaura here mafood stafs omuzimbabwe anoaffectwa ndeapi tineyi muno munyika. don;t go to these ceremonies drunk you will not know what to say. you are minister of state by the way so you want to please the state... please mr president some of these fools you appoint don't even know their roll please do something about it....

hamurevesi - 28 November 2013

everything is expensive in zim otherwise ma imports anoto controlla maprice, ma imports akashaikwa muchaona ma price increase

manolo manolo - 28 November 2013

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