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West forms tobacco union

By TRYNESS MBALE
TOBACCO farmers in Western Province have formed a union.
Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) said on its website that the Western Tobacco Growers’ Union (WTGU) to represent farmers who have to a larger extent not benefitted from their agricultural efforts.
WTGU was registered with the Registrar of Societies on August 15.
The tobacco organisation, which has about 2,000 members, was created to protect the interests of tobacco farmers in the province.
“The low demand and poor prices for tobacco experienced during the 2014 [leaf] marketing season has led to the creation of a tobacco farmers’ union,” the union says.
Meanwhile, farmers in Zambezi have been urged to participate in the Lima Credit Scheme to prepare for the 2014/15 farming season to realise optimum crop productivity.
Zambezi District Farmers’ Association chairperson Frederick Samututa said the Lima Credit Scheme would address the challenge of late delivery of inputs by Government under the farmer input support programme.
Mr Samututa said in the ZNFU’s Friday brief that farmers in Zambezi should participate in the credit scheme, this coming season.
“If you are to realise optimum crop productivity you need to participate in the scheme,” he said.
In Kabwe, farmers have been warned to look out for unscrupulous dealers who are supplying fake inputs after collecting money from unsuspecting customers.
ZNFU president Evelyn Nguleka said a named organisation is collecting money from farmers in Kasosolo promising to sell them fertiliser.
Dr Nguleka said farmers should not give away their hard-earned money to people.
“I warn you to be wary of organisations that are getting money from farmers promising to provide them with cheap inputs. There is a named organisation collecting K1,500 from farmers in Kasosolo in Kabwe promising a hectare pack of fertilizer,” she said.
She said farmers are at risk of being swindled if they give the money to unknown organisations.

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