Minister for Agriculture Dora Siliya (r) the Permanent secretary for Ministry of Agriculture Julius Shawa(c) with Deserter Management medication Unit coordinator Patrick Kangwa during a press briefing at the Ministry of Agriculture headquarters.Picture by Josephine Nsululu/Zanis.
Minister for Agriculture Dora Siliya (r) the Permanent secretary for Ministry of Agriculture Julius Shawa(c) with Deserter Management medication Unit coordinator Patrick Kangwa during a press briefing at the Ministry of Agriculture headquarters.Picture by Josephine Nsululu/Zanis.
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.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. Would the Authority that be, do something to find a Permanent Solution to the Computer System at RATSA, in the fastest possible way. We are tired of going to and from, only to find that certain modules such as the Delivery System is not Functional. RATSA should note that the System Developers are a Key Player in the smooth running of the System. All aspects of the Contract should be adhered to. The System should not be held to ransom at all. It is time credible Local Systems Developers were given a chance. The University of Zambia, CBU and others can be given the Project to start Developing a Parallel System. The Security of the Source Code is Paramount. A copy of the code can be kept by one of our Credible Banks. But for now, Pay the Systems Developers so that, they complete the…

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    • Permanent secretary for Ministry of Agriculture Julius Shawa(c) with Deserter Management medication Unit coordinator Patrick Kangwa.

      What is Deserter Management medication Unit?

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    • So Dora Siliya is not on holiday in New York now? She must be feeling unwell!

      Isn’t this your usual vacation time Dora? The boyfriend is missing you.

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    • There is only one credible reason .The money has ended up in some PF’s thugs pockets or bank account and subsequently used to build mansions in Lusaka .

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  2. It is time credible Local Systems Developers were given a chance. The University of Zambia, CBU and others can be given the Project to start Developing a Parallel System. The Security of the Source Code is Paramount. A copy of the code can be kept by one of our Credible Banks. But for now, Pay the Systems Developers so that, they complete the current pending tasks. Security of the Database is also paramount.

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  3. This PF Govt is a failure we are not interested in Shawa’s foolish statements neither its employer the Govt but actions to see it that inputs is distributed and received by farmers on time.Apparently,when will Govt learn to rectify mistakes that keeps on repeating year in year out?And Lungu thinks he is working..come 2021 we will show him and ministers the exit point ala twanaka nefyabuluba fimofine pali bashimafamu

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  4. I AM SURE THE CONTRACT WAS THIRD PARTY, GOT THE HEFTY PAYMENT, NOW DUE TO GREED IT’S HARD TO DEAL WITH THE DEVELOPER WHO HAS BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT. TYPICAL ZAMBIAN TENDERS, BEING TOO CLOSE TO CONTRACTORS.

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    • This is now common in even civil service where nieces, nephews,cousins are employed all under one roof …there is no professionalism whatsoever!!

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  5. Corrupt third party contracting is what’s causing all these delays and malfunctions.
    The government as a whole is so dysfunctional.

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    • YOU EVEN WONDER WHY KK GAVE US FREE EDUCATION, WHEN CAN’T EVEN SORT OUT STRAIGHT FORWARD ISSUES SUCH AS EXORBITANT TENDER, STOLEN VOTES, TRIBALISM, NEPOTISM… SHAME

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  6. Why wait till Friday..really laugable…its not like Santa will come and deliver inputs before Friday!!

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  7. When it comes to Pombe Chagwa travelling on his aimless voyages of (D.D.D) -drink, dancing, & debauchery, everything is DONE on time, NO Delays whatsoever!
    When people tell you P.F is a disorganised Cabal of violent Thugs & thieving charlatans, YOU BETTER BELIEVE!!
    [email protected] ma farmer for voting these corrupt insects to power.

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    • Lazy Lungu is work shy…the Bum is only good at commisioning projects funded via loans he has never sweated for money!!

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  8. A retired professor of economics, Noel Nebie told Al Jazeera News, “Sankara wanted a thriving Burkina Faso, relying on local human and natural resources as opposed to foreign aid and starting with agriculture, which represents more than 32 percent of the country’s GDP and employs 80 percent of the working population, he smashed the economic elite who controlled most of the arable land and granted access to subsistence farmers. That improved production making the country almost self-sufficient.”

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    • And what happened to Sankara – and who was used? Do you hear anything about the “regime change” crusade?

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  9. Who needs a statement at this hour.
    Incompetent and corrupt Dora is getting free pay.
    This z what happens wen contracts are given to friends like bokani soko who has no clue about farming in puts.

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  10. Teachers’ salaries also delayed for unknown reason666666666s. Why are farmers’ input delayed like teavhers’ salaries?

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