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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

PF concerned by the slow pace of payments by Government to Agro Dealers

Economy PF concerned by the slow pace of payments by Government to Agro...

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu greets Lusaka Province Youth Chairman
Kennedy Kamba at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

The Patriotic Front in Lusaka Province is concerned by the slow pace at which the Ministries of Finance and Agriculture are managing payments to Agro-dealers for the distribution of the farming inputs under the Farmer Input Support Programme.

Party Provincial Secretary Kennedy Kamba says in the PF government, the agriculture sector is guided by the National Agricultural Policy which undergoes periodic reviews to ensure its relevance to prevailing climatic, social and economic conditions of the country.

Mr Kamba said the PF is inspired by the passion and dedication that President Edgar Lungu has exhibited in revamping the agriculture sector because it is key to national economic stability as every country needs sufficient food through effective means of food production.

“We are very cognizant of the fact that agriculture is a very sensitive sector as it is a backbone of every country, and poverty can only be eradicated if the agriculture sector is effectively managed and farmers taken care of”, he said.

Mr Kamba said the party is disappointed that the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture are not moving at the same pace as President Lungu who is way ahead of time, trying to push for immediate implementation of policies aimed at enhancing agriculture production.

“As a party in Lusaka, we are not happy that many farmers up to now have not been paid, and that the system of distribution of farming inputs seems to have attracted more complaints than positive feedback. We must take care of small-scale farmers by making sure that we give them sufficient and enough farming inputs at a right time”, Mr Kamba added.

He said the PF in Lusaka expect the Minister of Finance Dr Bwalya Ng’andu and the Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo to attach seriousness to this issue and expedite the process of payments for everyone who needs to be paid in the agriculture sector so that to secure at least a bumper harvest in maize production and other crops.

“We cannot manage of have a situation where everyone involved in food production, starting from Agro-dealers up to the small-scale farmers are complaining. Let those involved in managing agriculture be serious. We all know that President Lungu means business and he wants to work with people who are serious. Those entrusted with honour to serve the public by his Excellency the President, must reciprocate by exhibiting high levels of seriousness in handling such sensitive sectors”, he said.

He said the Party expects before the end of this week serious liaison activities and vibrancy from the two ministries so in order to remove the stumbling blocks that are there in the management of the Agriculture Sector.

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    • It’s like Kamba is not listening to himself for who is running national affairs? Is it not the PF led administration? Trying to exalt President Lungu who said he is without a vision for national direction and his fiscal responsibility is in tatters while national coffers are being emptied by PF greediness! The Zambian nation is adrift towards the Mosi oa Tunya falls cliff!

    • Stop asking people to write speeches for you ,you’ll be saying things you dont understand. Please let the ministry involved in these affairs do the talking. The problem is you just want to be head talking even when you dont know what you talking about ba youth chairman. No wonder the youths are busy insulting on social media.

    • This government lacks seriousness from the ministers that have been given the privilege to serve the citizens of Zambia.
      Secondly, Ministry of Agriculture is full of corrupt civil servants who process payments not in accordance with the spirit of first come first serve basis, but on monetary basis. Who the gives largest cut gets paid of immediately and huge amooand those who don’t do the cuts get peanuts that can not enable them pay national suppliers.
      The president too seems not to have the muscle to push his ministers into action.
      Who shall agro dealers run too.

  1. How can he be concerned when he is sightseeing in middle east, he knows there is no money but he is on a trip. He is not serious. Its like a friend complaining to you about his maids and garden-boy not being paid and no food in the house when he is buying drinks for everyone in the bar.

  2. Government shoupd pay Agro Dealers be for the end of this month.
    Surely, what type of government do we have that can owe small scale farmers and Agro deer’s inclusive?
    If they’re not careful enough, 2021 is near, and we wont be able to vote with hunger and no money.
    We need our money as soon as this week every matyer should be settled.
    We’re not government workers that we get paid every month end. We depend on the same business to manage our families and every needs at home.

  3. Yet the other day his minister bowman was threatening agro dealers to release inputs to farmers who are on FISP meanwhile here is Kamba complaining about non payment to the same agro dealers thereby contradicting each other.

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