Lack of protection kills mushroom production
source: Daily News
By Edison Ramonkga
GABORONE – A local mushroom farmer is up in arms and acusses South African cartels of selling produce at lower prices to drive Batswana out of business.
Mr Deon Vansale said in an interview that in 2005, he spent P1.5million to start a mushroom production in Tsamaya in the North East District but he was forced out of business last year by cheaper products from across the border.
He said South African mushrooms were sold at P3 a box while he sold the same box for P12. Mr Vansale said he was supplying Maun, Kasane and Francistown and when production cost increased he applied for a P500 000 loan from CEDA. But up to today , he was still waiting for CEDA to approve his request.
The project which employed 15 people, he said, was doing well [continue reading]