Chief Mulungwe of the Lala people in Mukushi district has called on Government to facilitate for speedy disbursement of monies to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to pay Farmers who had sold maize to the agency in the 2016 marketing season.
He complained that he is amongst the many Farmers based in this Chiefdom, who had not yet been paid for maize transaction with the FRA.
He pointed out that the delay in payments is impacting negatively on the Farmers preparation for the 2016—2017 farming season, adding that Farmers needed the money to buy farming inputs.
The Chief, however, observed that many Farmers had sold their maize to the private sector buyers, saying that those who sold to FRA are still awaiting their payments.
Chief Mulungwe also has appealed for assistance from governmental and Non-Governmental sectors, to sink more Bore Holes in his Chiefdom.
The Chief told ZANIS that the drying up of streams in the area had further necessitated the need to increase the number of water points to cater for consumption as well as farming activities.
He said that streams such as Kalwa, Chibanga, Ngalauka and Kampoko, had been undergoing steady reduction of surface water in recent times.
He said that coupled with this, the human population in his Chiefdom had been expanding, saying that the few operational Bore Holes that existed are not adequate to cater for more than 4,000 residents of Kalwa Ward.