With no money, PF regime to go ahead with fertiliser barter system next month

The PF regime will next  month expected to flag off the fertiliser distribution exercise  for the 2013/14 farming season.
Agriculture and Livestock Deputy Minister Rodgers Mwewa said at a media briefing in Chipata on Monday that Government would flag off the distribution of fertiliser in line with the newly introduced barter system method.
Mr Mwewa said the barter system would be executed through the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).
“We want to flag off the distribution of fertiliser this month so that farmers have enough time to prepare for the farming season,” he said.
He explained that under the barter system method, Government would give a bag of fertiliser to farmers in exchange for two bags of maize.
Mr Mwewa said Government was expected to complete the fertiliser distribution exercise by September 30, this year.
He explained that Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia (NCZ) has been awarded a contract to produce 70,000 tonnes of D-Compound and 20,000 tones of Urea.
The shortfall would be covered by the Saudi Arabian government and the private sector in Zambia.
Mr Mwewa said Government would also give a free 10 kilogramme pack of seed to the farmer.
Mr Mwewa said the old system  of selling maize on cash distorted the agriculture sector as small-scale farmers had not graduated into commercial farmers.

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