Agriculture Permanent Secretary Julius Shawa has appealed to farmers in the country to be patient with government with regards the distribution of farming inputs.
Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya had indicated that her ministry government would start the distribution of farming inputs by October 15, 2017 in order to enable farmers prepare adequately for the 2017/2018 farming season.
But some farmers are now beginning to panic that the ministry has still not yet started distributing farming inputs.
When contacted for a comment on the matter, Mr. Shawa said that there was no need for farmers to panic, promising to make an official position on the matter before Friday this week.
Mr Shawa said that government is doing everything to ensure that inputs are delivered to farmers across the country.
Meanwhile, the opposition UPND is disappointed that the government through the Ministry of Agriculture has up to date not yet started the distribution of farming inputs under the Farmers Input Support Programme (FISP).
UPND Chairman for Rural R7764354econstruction and Development Moono Mapani noted that this action alone shows that there is lack of commitment on the part of government in promoting the agriculture sector.
Mr. Mapani said that the government lacked seriousness in ensuring that the 2017/2018 farming season is run smoothly.
He says last year, there were reports and complaints from farmers that they received the inputs late under the conventional FISP program which also affected them in planning well for the farming season.
Mr. Mapani said that by the end of this month, the rains might come and yet the farmers do not have the inputs in the districts.