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Agriculture Expert Gilbert Banda has attributed the high prices of tomatoes on the market to the reduced participation of suppliers owing to the drought, which has exacerbated the cost of producing the commodity.

Mr. Banda said this in Lusaka today, when he featured on Christian voice’s Chatback Program on the topic, “Agriculture sector in view of the drought”.

Mr. Banda said that the drought has caused most farmers to reduce production, due to the challenges that have come with the drought such as irrigation, loadshedding and the cost of insecticides.

“These challenges have caused most tomato farmers to stop supplying the commodity in bulk and this has lead to price hikes on the market” said Mr. Banda.

He said that the prices of tomato will only reduce if more suppliers return on the market.


By Angel Kasabo

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