THE early distribution of farm inputs by agro dealers engaged by the government across the country for the 2019/2020 farming season is welcome. The distribution of farm inputs has commenced and it is moving on smoothly.
The move will ensure good harvest by the farmers provided there will be no drought. some agro dealers despite being paid by the government during last farming season, they disappointed farmers. Most farmers did not receive the farm inputs and the fortunate ones received the commodities in January this year. This was not right because it affected the farming activities.
If the above was not bad enough, some farmers were swindled of their hard earned money by some unscrupulous agro sealers.
Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) exercise flopped during last farming season and this should not recur this year. Truth be told, agriculture is now the mainstay of Zambia’s economy as our country no longer depend so much on minerals particularly copper. Hence, the need to put in place some measures such as the early distribution of farm inputs to enhance high productivity.
All said and done, the early distribution of farm inputs by the government through the Ministry of Agriculture is commendable and it is a welcome gesture. This has elated farmers across the country.
ELEMIYA PHIRI Lusaka.