Supermarket shelves dominated by local goods

By ZBC Reporter

Locally manufactured goods continue to reclaim their space on supermarket shelves confirming that the import substitution drive is gaining traction through the turnaround of the manufacturing sector.

The country’s drive to ensure 80 percent local goods in the retail sector by 2025 is on track with indications on the ground revealing that a number of leading outlets are now stocking local goods.

For a number of years, imported products from neighbouring countries dominated supermarket shelves but the second Republic’s sound policies in rebuilding the economy are bearing fruit.

A survey by ZBC news confirmed that local products continue to reclaim their space on the shelves with some retail outlets stocking a limited number of imports.

A manager with one of the country’s leading retail outlets, Mr Archie Dongo says business is expanding, supported by production from local companies.

As you can see our shelves it’s mostly local products. You will hardly find any imports except in the chemicals sector, he said.

Buy Zimbabwe Campaign General Manager Mr Munyaradzi Hwengwere, says local industry has been buoyed by the good performance of the Agriculture sector which has ensured a steady supply of raw materials for the food industry.

The President said we want to have 80% of local products by 2025 and we are on course to achieving that “we also need the ministry of finance to incentivize those using local products to ensure they keep the momentum, said Hwengere.

The development has also resulted in job Creation which is one of the key objectives of the second republic as the country drives towards a middle income society by 2030.

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