5 December 2012

Zambia: Govt Releases K1 Trillion for Farmer Payments

GOVERNMENT has disbursed more than K1 trillion for payments to farmers who supplied maize during the 2011-2012 farming season.

Agriculture and Livestock Permanent Secretary Siazongo Siakalenge said K1, 321, 136, 649, 000 had been disbursed to farmers who supplied maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA).

This represents 97.4 per cent of the total amount due to framers except for those in Southern and Eastern provinces, which needed significantly higher amounts of funding.

Mr Siakalenge said the balance of K34, 520, 251, 000 which was still outstanding was disbursed on November 29 this year to pay all the remaining farmers.

He said as of November 23, this year, FRA had purchased 1, 043, 023 tonnes of maize valued at K1, 355, 932, 500, 000 and 311 tonnes of rice valued at K466.5 million.

Meanwhile, Mr Siakalenge has authorised FRA to start offloading maize to millers and identified communities.

FRA would between December 2012 and May next year begin offloading 50, 000 tonnes of maize per month at K60, 000 per 50 kilogramme bag.

Meanwhile, Mr Siakalenge said that contracted suppliers of the Farmer Input Support Programme have distributed 61, 033 tonnes out of a target of 94, 028 tonnes of D-Compound fertiliser.

This translates to 65 per cent of the targeted amount.

He said 62, 042 tonnes of Urea out of 89, 605 had been distributed to all the districts while Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia had delivered 66 per cent of the targeted amount of fertiliser to various districts.

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