The Small Scale Farmers Development Agency (SAFADA) says the dwindling agriculture sector in thge country is a disadvantage to the rural farmers and has called on government to organise a stakeholders’ meeting to discuss how best to improve the sector.
SAFADA Executive Director Boyd Moobwe said there was urgent need for government to involve all the farming communities if the agriculture industry is to record meaningful development in the country.
Moobwe told ZANIS in an Interview in Lusaka today that if nothing was urgently done, the agriculture sector in the country will continue dwindling much to the disadvantage of the rural farmers who largely depend on this venture.
He also urged government to ensure that only genuine fertiliser supplying companies were shortlisted to supply the commodity for the 2013-14 farming season unlike the current scenario where some companies that were involved in supplying farming inputs were not genuine.
Contrary to campaign messages, the last two years under the PF government, agriculture policies have deteriorated with the reduction of the Farmer input support programme (FISP) packs and late delivery of inputs and many organisations have warned of hunger is looming due to the poor crop yield expected this year.