With the planting season over, govt tells farmers to patiently wait for fertilizer

The government has shamelessly told farmers who have not yet received the 2018/19 farming inputs not to worry but exercise patience as government tries to correct the situation.
With the planting season over, many farmers who paid k400 contributions towards the E–Voucher programme have not received their inputs.
Minister in the office of the Vice President Sylvia Chalikosa has claimed that the late card redeeming was because of lack of capacity by agro dealers to supply the farming inputs.
Most agro dealers are facing challenges to supply farming inputs to farmers because government did not fund them but asked them to use their resources and be paid later by government.
Chalikosa says government is engaging the Ministry of Finance to ensure that money is released and regretted that the farming season was coming to an end.
Chalikosa asked farmers and agro dealers to share ideas on the best way of implementing the E-voucher system that has continuously failed.
The government has continued to praise itself for distributing fertilizer ‘on time’ in January 2019 yet they should have done that in September 2018. The agriculture sector has continued to be mismanaged ever since the PF assumed governance in 2011.

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    Muntu Bulyo 3 weeks ago

    I think it is deliberate on the part of Government to mess up the agriculture sector so that the rural people remain poor. If our rural people are empowered through farming, who will be available to listen to PF propaganda and to fallow PF chimwela during campaigns. This morning a bought a 50 kg bag of gaga for K110. This is wast product from making the melie meal. Does it make any sense that gaga should cost more than the maize. I agree with those that say PF is Paya Farmer.

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    Zambia will always remain in the torturous cycle of retrogression and we will always wonder why other countries are progressing. If you have not had the opportunity to travel out of the country to make an objective comparison, you will easily think the current government has brought heaven to Zambia. But travel and see where other countries are. You will attest to my argument.