Farmers have resumed exporting their wool and mohair through the South African broker in Port Elizabeth. This follows the passing of the Agricultural Marketing (Wool and Mohair Licensing) (Amendment) Regulation 2019 No 68 in the national assembly last month and the release of the act in a government gazette of 29 November 2019. The amended regulations allow farmers to export their produce – a right they had been deprived of when the 2018 regulations were enacted.
Government relaxed the controversial Agricultural Marketing (Wool and Mohair Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations No. 65 of 2018, that had restricted the movement of the produce outside Lesotho’s borders and only allowed for the product to be auctioned through the Lesotho Wool Centre (LWC). The government has however, argued that the regulations were meant to grow the local industry and increase the local farmers’ earnings.