Collateral Managers under the Audit Control and Expertise have halted the distribution of fertilizer to farmers in Chadiza district and several other districts in Eastern province.
Omnia regional manager Tizifa Ngoma told ZANIS in an interview that his company had received instructions from the Collateral mangers in Lusaka to stop the distribution of the farming inputs until money required is paid in by government.
Mr. Ngoma said Omnia has been directed to release only an amount of fertilizer that has been paid for.
He said it was the desire of management at Omnia to have the inputs delivered to farmers as quickly as possible before the onset of the rains but that there was nothing his company could do when there were such instructions from Collateral Managers.
Mr. Ngoma said he was equally sad that most farmers have not received their inputs up to date adding that it would also be difficult for transporters to deliver the fertilizer to farmers once the rains start.
He said it would also be costly on the part of government to have the commodity delivered to farmers as it would require the usage of helicopters to ferry the fertilizer to those areas that are flood prone.
About 1800 tonnes of both Urea and D compound fertilizer is still laying idol in the sheds at Chadiza Omnia awaiting distribution to farmers.
Most farmers in Chadiza have complained over the non distribution of the commodity despite them having paid the money to acquire the farming inputs.