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Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports

Staff Writer |
Zimbabwe banned fruit and vegetable imports on Tuesday to preserve its dwindling reserves of hard currency.

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The order, which followed a ban on maize imports in June, alarmed retailers and street dealers in the capital Harare who get much of their produce from neighbouring South Africa.

Made told the Herald newspaper that President Robert Mugabe had made the order himself to stop the imports because "they waste much needed foreign currency".

"This means that the importation of fruit and vegetables will be stopped immediately. We are finalising on the exact list of foreign-produced fruits that are occupying shelves in shops," Made said.

The order would let local farmers increase output, he added.

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