K250 per bag of fertiliser too expensive for most farmers, production will be affected

The exceptionally high price of fertiliser under the PF regime of about K250 for a 50-kilogramme (kg) bag will negatively impact on crop production in the 2015 – 16 farming season, most farmers say.
Kapiri Mposhi farmers, like elsewhere across the country  fear that  the prices will have an adverse effect on their income and crop yields.
According to the Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) weekly brief, the increase in prices will make it difficult for farmers to buy inputs on cash basis on the market.
“Farmers are worried about the rise in fertiliser prices. The current trading prices on the market are in the range of K245 and K248 for a 50 kg bag, which is way higher than last years.
“The farmers have bemoaned the high fertiliser prices will affect them as this has come after a season of poor rainfall which has resulted in low production and consequently, low income,” ZNFU says.

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