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Guyanese government denies ban on fruits and vegetables importation

The Government has denied restricting the importation of fruits and vegetables into the country.

Responding to “false reports in some sections of the media” the Department of Public Information said the Cabinet favours free trade and “does not wish to impede the choice of consumers on the local market”, it said in a release Tuesday. The reports were brought to the attention of Cabinet that day, it also said, adding that several Guyanese companies export products, including seafood, fruits and vegetables, to other CARICOM and international markets which is a provides thousands of jobs and generates foreign exchange earnings.

The importation of produce to Guyana “is subject to known licensing requirements and procedures of the Guyana Revenue Authority and other relevant agencies” that have been in place for years.