Why should a government be in the grocery business?

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  • Is there a shortage of retail grocery outlets in the country?
  • Do the Government Groceries (GGs) offer preferential pricing for the under-privileged?
  • Do the GGs stock products which are not available elsewhere and at similar prices?
  • Do the GGs act as a preferential channel for local producers who cannot access the private supermarket chains?
  • Do the GGs make super profits that can be ‘ploughed back’ to improve society?

If the answers to the above are ‘No’ – why be in business? Shouldn’t the government invest its limited ‘energies’ on the fundamentals, such as agriculture, education, health, public transportation and employment generating industries?

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