Paya farmer: Two farmers die in Kalulushi as they wait for farming inputs

Two Farmers of Lufwanyama District on the Copperbelt have died while waiting for Farmers Input Support Program (FISP) inputs in Kalulushi.

One of the deceased, from Fungulwe area in Lufwanyama is said to have been spending nights for over two weeks in Kalulushi before he fell sick and died.

Another farmer also from Lufwanyama died on arrival at a clinic where he was rushed after spending nights in the cold waiting for inputs.

There are reports of several small scale farmers spending nights in the cold in Kalulushi awaiting receiving their inputs under FISP.

The distribution of inputs under the FISP programme during the reign of the PF government has been very erratic in many instances.

One farmer who opted to remain anonymous suspected some foul play amongst the officers in-charge of distribution as they are reported to be demanding for some money from farmers for them to be given fertilisers.

The farmer said the whole process is a sham because the officers are believed to be involved in some under-hand methods and have been “selling the fertilisers” to unsuspecting individuals.

There is yet no confirmation from Zambia Police on the cause of the two reported deaths.

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