Omnia Small scale Limited has closed its storage sheds in Kalomo holding several agro inputs intended for farmers under the fertiliser support programme (FSP) with company sources saying government has not paid the company.
Both District Commissioner and area agriculture coordinator Oliver pelete and Dr. Max Chombe respectively confirmed the development to ZANIS in Kalomo, saying frantic efforts were being made to address the situation.
Scores of farmers from primary cooperative societies who had already settled the 75 per cent down under the programme were yesterday stunned when they were informed of the development by Omnia officials..
The district agriculture coordinator, Dr. Chombe said 9,848 agro packs had been received and Omnia was handling their distribution to small scale vulnerable but viable farmers. About half of the packs have been collected by the farmers.
A check by ZANIS at the sheds yesterday afternoon found Omnia staff offloading the last consignment of the inputs but declined to comment over the closure saying government owed the company millions of kwachas which they did not disclose and reffred all querries to their general manager, Vincent Mukuyamba who could not be reached for clarification by press time.
Farmers talked to by ZANIS urged government to quickly clear the company so that they could access the seed and fertilisers for their agriculture activities.