Farmers owed fertiliser by Nyiombo Investment
FARMERS in Kapiri Mponshi district are owed over 10 thousand bags of Urea Fertiliser by Nyiombo Investment for the 2012-2013 farming season.
Kapiri Mponshi district commissioner Beatrice Sikazwe disclosed that of the 10 thousand bags that are owned to the farmers in the district only 1200 bags were delivered to the farmers yesterday.
Ms Sikazwe explained that the district received 1200 bags of Urea of which 150 bags were damaged and couldn’t be given to the farmers.
She added that it was unfair for the farmers who have been spending nights at the bus stations as it had become expensive for them to travel each and every day to check on their fertiliser.
Ms Sikazwe said it was unfair that farmers had to wait this long for their fertiliser and Nyiombo had decided to be distributing the fertiliser in smaller bits.
She has since advised the farmers that stormed her office to wait till Wednesday as Nyiombo investment had assured her that the fertiliser would be delivered to the district.
Meanwhile in Kabwe district farmers are still waiting for their fertiliser despite been promised that they would receive the input by last week.
Kabwe district commissioner Patrick Chishala however said Nyiombo Investment had promised him that the fertiliser would be in by Wednesday as the trucks were on their way.
Mr Chishala added that the Government was aware of the farmers predicament and measures were been put in place to address the matter.
Last week farmers in Kabwe gathered at Nyiombo Investment warehouse demanding their fertiliser.
The farmers have since threatened to match to state house should Nyiombo Investment fail to deliver the fertiliser to the district.