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State pays K30m to Petauke farmers

GREEN FARMERS are being encouraged to manage weeds in fields to encourage water retention and better soil quality.

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has paid out over K30 million to farmers in Petauke who sold their maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) for the 2014/15 marketing season.
And the district has received all the farming inputs for the 2015/16 farming season.
Petauke district commissioner Velenasi Moyo said the entire K31 million is in the banks and all that is remaining is for the farmers to collect the money.
Ms Moyo said the district sold over 400,000 bags of maize to the FRA and transportation of the commodity to Lusaka has started.
“Our farmers are very happy. They have received their money in good time and those who may have not received have the money in the bank,” she said.
She said this will help the farmers plan well for the 2015/16 farming season.
And the district has received all the farming inputs for the 2015/16 farming season.
She said the district has over 2,000 farmer cooperatives and five chiefs who have all received their inputs.
Ms Moyo said over 59,000 bags of basal dressing and 55,000 bags of top dressing, which were allocated for the district have been received.
Petauke district has also received over 27,000 bags of maize seed.
“We have all the inputs but, the challenge we have is storage space, hence some of our inputs have been stored in Katete,” Ms Moyo said.
Ms Moyo is optimistic that all the farmers will plant early, owing to the fact that all the agricultural inputs have been delivered in good time and the Government has been commended for the development.


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