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Stiff penalties for veggie smugglers

CRACKING DOWN: Jeanette Makgolo

Fines go as high as P1 million * Repeat offenders face 10 years in jail

Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) has issued a stiff warning to anyone tempted to smuggle restricted vegetables into the country: those caught will be severely dealt with.

In January, government banned the importation of a variety of common vegetables, including: tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, beetroot, onions, garlic, turmeric, chilli peppers and fresh herbs among others.

The move is meant to steer the country towards self-sufficiency and support home-grown produce, with retailers sourcing from local ...

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