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From Ngami Times - Edition 566 19 - 26 August 2011
A ban has been placed on the importing of various fresh produce from parts of South Africa.
This follows the discovery of Asian Fruit Fly in the Limpopo region of that country. Limpopo borders on Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
The Botswana Ministry of Agriculture this week announced restrictions on the importation of tomatoes, citrus products, mangoes, cashew nuts, pawpaw (papaya), guavas, green peppers, watermelons, squashes, pumpkins, butter nuts, bananas, and avocado pears.
The restrictions have caused major problems for supermarkets, which this week have been scrambling to find other sources for fruit and vegetables.
According to Tshipo Moruti, the ministry's chief plant production officer, the fruit fly travels from country to country through the movement of infested fruit and vegetables. Special permits will be required for the importing of fruit regardless of quantity, all plant and plant products will only be allowed in at approved ports of entry, and travellers into Botswana will face mandatory checks at border posts and airports such as Maun, Gaborone, Kasane and Francistown.