Mat North dis­trib­utes Pres­i­den­tial inputs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma Chron­i­cle Reporter

MATA­BELE­LAND North prov­ince has started dis­tribut­ing seed and fer­tiliser un­der the Pres­i­den­tial Inputs Sup­port Scheme while in Mata­bele­land South dis­tri­bu­tion is set to com­mence soon.

Mata­bele­land North Pro­vin­cial So­cial Wel­fare Of­fi­cer Mr Mc­non Chir­inzepi yes­ter­day said seed and fer­tiliser dis­tri­bu­tion for the 2016-17 farm­ing sea­son has al­ready com­menced in the prov­ince.

“The Pres­i­den­tial Inputs Pro­gramme is be­ing spear­headed through the Min­istry of Pub­lic Ser­vice, Labour and So­cial Wel­fare and it has com­menced. We are al­ready giv­ing out seed. All our dis­tricts in Mata­bele­land North have al­ready started dis­tribut­ing,” he said.

Mr Chir­inzepi said over 86 500 house­holds in Mata­bele­land North prov­ince were set to ben­e­fit.

He said dis­tri­bu­tion is be­ing con­ducted us­ing the same sys­tem as the drought re­lief food aid dis­tri­bu­tion which is on­go­ing.

Mr Chir­inzepi said each house­hold would re­ceive a 50kg bag of Com­pound D fer­tiliser and a 10kg pocket of maize seed or 5kg of sorghum.

He said non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions are com­ple­ment­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts as they are also reach­ing out to vul­ner­a­ble house­holds through cash trans­fers, food aid and farm­ing inputs.

Mata­bele­land South Pro­vin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor Ms Sithandiwe Ndu­moNcube yes­ter­day said her prov­ince has also re­ceived seed and fer­tiliser.

“Farm­ing inputs have since been made avail­able in all our seven dis­tricts in Mata­bele­land South prov­ince. How­ever, we are still wait­ing for more as the ton­nage we cur­rently have is not enough for every­one,” she said.

The pro­vin­cial lead­ers ex­pressed their grat­i­tude for the timely avail­ing of the inputs as the rainy sea­son has just com­menced. In previous years, inputs were usu­ally made avail­able late into the rainy sea­son and would dis­ad­van­tage framers as they would start plant­ing late.

The dis­tri­bu­tion of agri­cul­tural inputs un­der the Pres­i­den­tial Inputs Sup­port Scheme is set to ben­e­fit over 600 000 house­holds na­tion­wide this year.

The scheme, which tar­gets about 1,4 mil­lion com­mu­nal farm­ers and vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies, will com­ple­ment the Com­mand Agri­cul­ture pro­gramme un­der which the Gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to fi­nance 400 000 hectares of maize this sea­son. — @andile_t­shuma

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