Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba speaking people in Mungwi District of the Northern Province has expressed concern over the delay in the delivery of urea fertilizer under the farmer input support programme (FISP) in some parts of Mungwi District.
Chief Chitimukulu says the late delivery of top dressing fertilizer might negatively affect yields for the 2015/2016 farming season.
The Traditional leader has since advised government to address what he termed as inertia in the distribution process.
He said this when Vice President Inonge Wina paid a courtesy call on him at his palace yesterday.
The Paramount Chief has called for increased investment in the country’s agricultural sector in order sustain national food security.
And Vice President Wina has regretted the delay in the delivery of farming inputs in Chief Chitimukulu.
She said the development is saddening especially that the country looking up to the Northern Region to sustain the food basket given to poor rainfall in other regions.
Mrs. Wina has assured the Paramount chief that government will quickly look into the matter with the agency it deserves.
Ms Wina said her office through the disaster management unit (DMMU) remains committed to ensuring food security.
She added that the Ministry of national development and planning is seeking the counsel from traditional leaders in improving the agricultural sector.
Earlier, sub-chief Chimba dismissed speculations by some sections of society suggesting that the Bemba Royal Establishment is supporting a named political party.
Chief Chimba, who is also Bashilubemba’s chairperson, reiterated that the establishment is a non- partisan institution which should not be politicized.