CHINA TO BUY LESOTHO’S WOOL AND MOHAIR

The Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Mathibeli Mokhothu says China has agreed to buy Lesotho wool and mohair which was in Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

This, Mr. Mokhothu said when addressing the media at press conference held in Maseru on Thursday, saying the resolution came after negotiations held between China through its embassy in Lesotho and committee comprising of stakeholders mandated at overseeing wool and mohair issues.

The Deputy Prime Minister said China has agreed to buy wool and mohair from Lesotho only on conditions which he said include that; the wool and mohair in Port Elizabeth should be produced in Lesotho only, secondly, Lesotho Veterinarians should ensure that the wool and mohair send to China is free form food and mouth disease and lastly, shipment of the wool and mohair should be sent though ports that are not contaminated with the food and mouth disease.

Also speaking, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Tefo Mapesela thanked both Lesotho and China governments for resolving the wool and mohair issue, saying this will benefit Basotho as they are free to choose who and where they will trade their products.

He therefore urged those in charge in dealing wool and mohair to ensure that transportation of wool and mohair is done as soon as possible.

On behalf of Basotho farmers, Mr. Khotsang Moshoeshoe said are pleased and thankful with the government that it has finally resolved the export of wool and mohair in the country.

The export of wool and mohair has been an ongoing battle between the government of Lesotho and farmers since early last year.

By Staff Reporter: Noliwe Velaphe

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