This is not so significant as to raise eyebrows of trading partner countries, but it is closer to bordering on the violation of the concept of free trade and tantamount to protectionism if it is not motivated by health or security concerns of Lesotho.
The concept of free trade is based on a need to provide people, especially the poor, with high quality and cheaper products as well as a variety from which to make their choice.
The question is whether the ban on imports of the stated vegetables also applies to banning of such products from being exported.
We are leaving in globalisation period where everyone is permitted to trade wherever he or she wishes, that means states that are members or that subscribe to the principles of the founding principles of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are not expected to interfere with free trade but must ensure that imports and exports have free movement between countries.
The era of globalisation means the world is turned into a single market where everyone is free to compete at the global level through export or import.
The ban on tomatoes, green beans and peppers may look good as a temporary policy but it may harm the same producers Lesotho is trying to protect by closing them away from the rest of the world and killing their competitive urge, condoning their undermining of quality in their production, storing, packaging and delivery of their products to consumers as well as cutting their international networks. They will eventually take consumers for granted rather than producing to satisfy consumers’ needs.