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Zim Products Still Dominant in Wholesale And Retail Outlets

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Buy Zimbabwe today conducted a tour to selected retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers in Harare to assess availability of local products and to understand the price differentials between locally produced goods and imported commodities.

The tour by the market access company was meant to assist the nation appreciate any challenges in the local product value chain and how observed challenges can be solved to ensure optimum conditions for local businesses.

The tour started off at N. Richards Tynwald Branch and took the group to OK Marimba, then Zimgold Plant in the Workington industrial area before finishing off at Spar Montagu in the Avenues area. The tour comes at a time when the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development recently announced the importation of basic goods at reduced tariffs amid fears of supply side shortages.

In an interview with Great Dyke News 24 after the tour, Buy Zimbabwe Chairman, Munyaradzi Hwengwere said that local products are still dominating the shelf space and the country now needs to invest in local value chains.

“Zimbabwe produced goods are still dominant in all the retail shops we have visited. However we have areas where they are serious strains on the products particularly cooking oil and the strain is in pricing where the price has doubled in the last month. Salt is generally strained in its supply and mealie meal is generally in erratic supply, -it is supplied and quickly disappears. Sugar, because it is produced locally, has only marginally increased in US dollar pricing.

“What we concluded from our tour is that we need to invest in our local value chain because you see that products that have raw materials sourced locally can be controlled in terms of pricing and availability,” he said.

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In another interview in one of the retail shops, a consumer who preferred anonymity said basic goods are available in the shops but the prices have gone up.

“We don’t have any problems with the availability of basic commodities but the prices are so high for us and the other problem is that when the basic goods are supplied, they are all hoarded by a few dealers who will then sell to us at exorbitant prices.

“We plead with the retailers and government to reduce the prices and also allow individuals to buy for family consumption without going to dealers,” she said.

Meanwhile another consumer who also preferred anonymity said the local goods are expensive compared to the imported ones.

“We have seen a variety in local products in the shop but the problem is that the local products are more expensive, therefore we will be left with no option but only to buy the imported products. The other problem is that we don’t know how to identify most of the Zimbabwean products,” he said.

Buy Zimbabwe recently expressed concerns on the move by government to allow importation of basic goods at reduced tariffs saying this could harm the gains made in the country’s industrialisation drive.

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