Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda says the supplier of the Urea fertiliser whose truck plunged into the Kafue River in Ngabwe District in Central Province has to deliver a fresh consignment of the fertiliser to the district.
And government has set aside US $20.4 million meant for irrigation farming.
Addressing journalists during a press briefing on the State of the Nation’s Food Security and Agriculture, Mr. Lubinda explained that the loss of the fertiliser will be borne by the supplier and not government.
“The supplier is not going to be paid until they resend the fertiliser to the Ngabwe farmers in Central Province,” he stated.
“The fertilizer becomes government’s fertiliser when the farmers receive it,” he explained.
Mr Lubinda further explained that his ministry is in touch with the supplier in a bid to ensure that a new consignment of fertiliser is delivered to the affected farmers.
Last week a truck laden with 134 by 50 kg bags of fertiliser meant for farmers in Ngabwe District in Central Province plunged into the Kafue River after the driver lost control of the vehicle as he tried to get onto the pontoon.
Meanwhile, the ministry of agriculture has revealed that it will launch the establishment of irrigation schemes on February 3, this year.
Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda said government has set aside US$20.4 million meant for irrigation farming.
He cited Mwomboshi in Chisamba, Musakashi in Mufulira and Lusitu in Chirundu as the three irrigation schemes that would be launched by the Ministry.