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(LUSAKATIMES) Sichinga directs authorities in Choma to quickly distribute fertilizer
Time Posted: December 26, 2013 12:51 pm

Some farmers in Choma district in Southern Province have complained of late distribution of basal dressing fertilizer.

The farmers said their maize crop might go to waste due to lack of adequate fertilizer to cater for all the farmers in the area.

Penson Siamuungwa, a farmer from Kasizi village, said the late distribution of the commodity might affect the 2013/14 farming season.

Mr. Siamuungwa told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka that most farmers have planted their maize but due to lack of basal dressing fertilizer, their maize crop may be not grow well thereby affecting their yields.

And Chilundu Ziba said if nothing is done quickly by government, the area might experience hunger this year.

Mr. Ziba stated that government should prepare well enough to avoid the late distribution of farming input in Zambia.

He noted that the agriculture sector is a pillar of any country’s economy hence the need for government to invest heavily in the industry

But Agriculture and Livestock Minister Robert Sichinga, has directed the Choma District Agriculture Coordinating Officer (DACO) to ensure that the distribution of farming inputs to farmers in the district is commenced before the end of this week.

Mr. Sichinga said the government was determined to advance the agricultural sector in order to enhance national food security through continued timely distribution of farming inputs.

He said Choma district had so far received 16,979 by 50 kilogramme bags of D-compound fertilizer from Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia (NCZ).

He has therefore urged the district administrative office to commence the distribution of the commodity as soon as possible.


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