Government says it will not distribute fertilizer through clubs with effect from next year. Agriculture and Livestock Minister Robert Sichinga disclosed the development during a meeting in Chinsali yesterday.
This follows the presidential directive to ministers to go out and explain the Government Policy on the changes of fertilizer subsidies and maize purchase modalities.
Mr. Sichinga said 2013 is a transit year for the PF Government adding that next year government will only be distributing farming inputs through co-operative movements.
The minister said the government is currently working on mechanisms to revamp all cooperatives country wide in readiness for next year.
He added that it is for this reason that the PF Government has purchased 10 vehicles one per province as a grant to help all cooperatives reorganize themselves.
Mr. Sichinga pointed out that the cooperatives will be revamped as Private, Provincial and District cooperatives respectively.
Mr. Sichinga said there is no doubt on his mind that the PF Government clearly knows where it desires Zambia to be.
He held that in terms of output he is pleased with Chinsali and that farmers in the district have done well in this years’ marketing season.
The Minister also disclosed that Chinsali has exceeded the target allocated by 1000 metric tonnes against the district’s output target of 6,802 metric tonnes of maize.
Mr. Sichinga who expressed happiness promised the farmers in the district that his ministry will continue to deliver fertilizer and other farming inputs because Government is getting something back asshown by the sale of maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA).
The Minister said Government has also planned to construct 98 storage sheds throughout the country as a way of promoting and boosting maize production among other crops grown in rural areas.
Mr. Sichinga thanked the farmers in Chinsali for producing and selling to FRA saying they have avoided the hunger that mightwould have risen if they had decided to sell their produce elsewhere like in other parts of the country.