This is good news indeed - when the country and its people are encouraged to work and produce not more for self-sufficiency but for the whole country’s market.
For years Basotho farmers have cried to have this opportunity.
The country has been reliant on imports from South Africa and denying local producers the opportunity to have a stake in the market of their own country.
To this day, many Basotho still prefer South African produce to local. This unfortunate culture is partly due to the fact that Lesotho produces next to naught.
Many Basotho still travel as far as Bloemfontein to buy what they call the ‘best’ – because they have been accustomed to having everything written Proudly South African.
As a country, we should wholeheartedly embrace the Lesotho produce and sound our own pride too.
Basotho should be delighted that the ministry conducts sensitisation sessions for farmers across the country to inform them on the market demands.
This indeed can help farmers to know who they produce for and what quantities would be needed to satisfy the market.
Building a database of this nature is indeed long overdue.
Its implantation is critical to the improvement of local produce so that Basotho’s produce does not go to waste.
Without going political, we remember how happy Basotho farmers were in the past year when the government imposed an import ban on apples, tomatoes and other greens to give Basotho’s produce a first chance to be bought.