Letter to the Editor

State should expedite farm inputs distribution

Dear editor,
AGRICULTURE has been regarded as the potential mainstay of Zambia’s economy.
Our country is slowly but surely reducing her over-dependence on copper as the major foreign exchange earner.
This is because copper is a wasting asset; meaning that once depleted through mining, it cannot be replaced.
It is a well-established fact that agriculture is business and it is no longer a preserve of the old people. This is because both young and old people can undertake agricultural activities.
These include crop farming, animal husbandry and poultry farming among others.
The rainy season is just around the corner and it is unfortunate that the government through the Ministry of Agriculture has not yet embarked on the distribution of farm inputs across the country.
The late distribution of farm inputs will adversely affect the crop yield for the 2018/2019 farming season.
Worse still, some roads particularly in rural areas become impassable during the rainy season. Ultimately, the distribution of farm inputs exercise will be very difficult to be carried out.
The Minister of Agriculture, Honourable Michael Katambo is on record assuring the nation that the distribution of farm inputs would commence on September 1, 2018. However, this was not the case. Simply put, Honourable Katambo did not walk the talk.
In view of the above, I implore the government through the Ministry of Agriculture to expedite the distribution of farm inputs across the country.
Over and above everything else, the farmers will benefit a great deal by planting in good time.
ELEMIYA PHIRI
Lusaka

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