15 February 2013

Zambia: Farming Inputs Delay Worries ZNFU

THE Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) has said this year's late distribution of inputs under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) will result in a compromised crop production for the 2012/2013 farming season.

ZNFU media liaison officer, Calvin Kaleyi said in a statement yesterday that distribution of farming inputs for this year's farming season had been characterised by delays and could have an effect on the country's food security.

"Late distribution of farming inputs under the (FISP) will result in compromised crop production for the 2012/2013 farming season and this could border on national food security," he said.

Mr Kaleyi said the union had observed that the 2012/2013 agricultural season had not been organised well as the flaws were glaring.

"Farming inputs should be distributed as early as August/September, but what we have seen is a situation where inputs are only reaching some farmers as late as the second week of February," he said.

According to statistics, more than 29, 110 tonnes of Urea had not been distributed to farmers in major farming areas as of January 25, 2013.

Northern Province districts were the most affected with an outstanding 14,050 tonnes of Urea undelivered to farmers as of January 25, 2013.

In Central Province, Chibombo, Kabwe and Kapiri Mposhi districts had only received 3,435 tonnes leaving a balance of 4,725 tonnes of top dressing fertiliser.

Kalomo, Choma, Sinazongwe, Sesheke, Kazungula and Livingstone in Southern Province had not received the 3,151 tonnes of Urea as of January 25.

For the Western region, Kaoma, Lukulu, Itezhi-tezhi, Mongu and Mumbwa districts were yet to receive their 2,499 tonnes of Urea as of January 25, 2013.

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