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    We are leaving for Botswana on Friday. Does anyone know if the ban on fruit and veg is still in place. Thanks
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    I've been up and down in the past week. Did not see any notices at Pioneer (Lobatse), Kopfontein/Tlokweng or Ramotswa borders. I assume that there are no ban on fruits and veggies at the moment.
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    There was a recent post regarding this. http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...d.php?t=189503

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subok View Post
    There was a recent post regarding this. http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...d.php?t=189503
    Sorry, I missed that one. If there is a ban in place, l'm not aware of it.
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    Very frustrating not to have the latest info. All our veggies were confiscated in Sept last year. I am still looking for a way to get the latest info, which can go into the Botswana info section?

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    We came back via Pioneer gate on Sunday and there was a notice saying the ban has been lifted. We had no problems going through on Thursday, but one ever knows!!

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    Just buy it in Bots and save yourself heartburn and headaches ,they always check me for this at Martins Drift ,so I just buy it in Bots ,problem solved .

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    In all my years of going into Botswana I have yet to have something confiscated. I always take all my meat and veggies. Maybe I am just lucky but I believe that it has a lot to do with the way you conduct yourself at the border post. If I have to donate once then it will not be the end of the world. I just hate shopping while I am on Holiday.

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    We were there 15th-22nd June via Martins Drift. They asked if we had veggies and fruit, we had fresh potatoes, butternut and other frozen veg prepacked and they were happy with us travelling north. Coming back through Plumtree via Bulawayo they were strict and wanted to take the produce until we explained that we had purchased in SA.
    Just be careful with Fruit they were pleased we didn't have any.
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    There is a bit of a shortage in some supermarkets on fresh veggies etc, but this might be due to the long week-end and not because of a ban.
    Needs to be veryfied however.
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    If there is it is slightly off kilter.
    The fruit fly Bactrocera invadens is migrating from the north downwards. There will be a ban on fruit coming into SA from the neighboring countries because all the stops are being pulled out to try and contain the little buggers. Mostly mango being transported from the north is the culprit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarnieH View Post
    If there is it is slightly off kilter.
    The fruit fly Bactrocera invadens is migrating from the north downwards. There will be a ban on fruit coming into SA from the neighboring countries because all the stops are being pulled out to try and contain the little buggers. Mostly mango being transported from the north is the culprit.
    Evidently it is present in the northern parts of SA - this from the Hortgro/Fruitgro Science website:

    Since January 2013, specimens of Bactrocera invadens (B. invadens) were detected in several areas in the northern parts of South Africa, including areas where the pest was previously eradicated in 2012. The currently affected local municipalities are Musina, Mutale, Makhado, Thulamela, Greater Giyani, Greater Letaba, Greater Tzaneen, Greater Tubatse, Maruleng, Mogalakwena, Lepelle-Nkumpi, Bushbuckridge, Mbombela, Nkomazi, Umjindi, Ramotshene Moiloa and Rustenburg.
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    Hi, has anyone been through Mcarthy's Rest border into Bots recently? I would like to know how strict they were with regard to fruit and veg, normally they are fairly relaxed there if you are only going to Mabua, alternatively does anyone have a telephone number for the Bots side of the border?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcowell View Post
    Hi, has anyone been through Mcarthy's Rest border into Bots recently? I would like to know how strict they were with regard to fruit and veg, normally they are fairly relaxed there if you are only going to Mabua, alternatively does anyone have a telephone number for the Bots side of the border?
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    Hi We went through McCarthy's rest on the 26 June, the customs officer on the Botswana side checked for fruit and veg. He noted that apples, bananas, tomatoes, onions, avocados, naartjies, nuts and a few other fruits not allowed into Bots. He checked through the fridges.

    however there is plenty supermarkets in Botswana to get the necessary items.

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    At Martins Drift they did take some peoples fruit and veg, as we could see lots of it when we went through the gate on Bots side. We stocked up at Palapye Spar and Serowe Spar (cleaner and bigger than our local). Very good quality fruit and vegs.

    They did not ask or search for meat up to CKGR and back again. Actually only asked for vehicle papers and drivers license at the Vet Gates we went through.
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    Thanks for the replies.
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    Here is the latest on veggies

    Latest crop import restrictions

    Oranges: restricted (all sweet varieties except naartjies). Lettuce: restricted
    Cabbage : restricted
    Onions : restricted
    Butternuts: restricted
    Tomatoes : restricted
    Naartjies: not restricted
    Potatoes: not restricted
    NB: Please note that terms and conditions apply, whilst crops import restrictions are effective till further notice.
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    Has anybody been to Palapye Spar or Serowe Spar in the past week or so? Looking for good quality fruit and vegs next week Saturday. What are their shopping hours? Has the dry weather to date had an impact on the veg supplies?

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    Just an update to this post for those interested. Went through Martin's Drift on Sept 13th and were asked if we had Tomatoes, Apples or Bananas. The other two vehicles with us were not asked at all, so it all seems rather random. Nothing asked about meat.

    Went through Mohembo a week later and nothing was said about veges or meat.
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    Nothing confiscated at Martins Drift last week and today no meat checks coming south. Both Spar shops mentioned above were well stocked and we also found a Spar with a Tops in Lethlakane.

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