Agro in­puts de­liv­ered coun­try­wide

Daily Nation Newspaper - - Home News - By MOSES SINJWALA

ALL the 115 dis­tricts have re­ceived this year’s farm­ing in­puts, Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Michael Katambo has said.

Mr Katambo said Gov­ern­ment has man­age to de­liver the in­put to all the one mil­lion ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the farm­ing in­put across the coun­try

The min­is­ter was speak­ing in an in­ter­view with the Daily Na­tion.

He said the distri­bu­tion of in­puts had worked well whether through di­rect sup­ply or by way of the E-Voucher Sys­tem.

“All the 115 dis­tricts in the coun­try have re­ceived the farm­ing in­put and distri­bu­tion to the 1 mil­lion ben­e­fi­cia­ries is pro­gress­ing well, whether in the di­rect in­put sup­ply or the E-Voucher Sys­tem,” he said.

Last month, some farm­ers had ex­pressed con­cern about the late distri­bu­tion of in­puts and feared that they could record poor yields.

Those who raised com­plaints in­cluded Chief Chanje area in Chipan­gali where all the 32 co­op­er­a­tives had not re­ceived the in­puts for the 2018/2019 farm­ing sea­son.

But Mr Katambo said Gov­ern­ment has de­liv­ered in­puts and that ben­e­fi­cia­ries should start ac­cess­ing them.

The min­is­ter said Gov­ern­ment was cog­nisant of the fact that early distri­bu­tion of in­puts was im­por­tant for farm­ers and the coun­try at large.

Agri­cul­ture, he said, was a pri­or­ity sec­tor of the econ­omy which had been placed at the cen­tre of the eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme.

‘‘All the 115 dis­tricts in the coun­try have re­ceived the farm­ing in­put and distri­bu­tion to the 1 mil­lion ben­e­fi­cia­ries is pro­gress­ing well.’’ - Mr Matambo

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