Nyiombo Investments Limited has pledged that it would make its farm input affordable to small scale farmers on an open market for the 2013-2014 farming season, says company representative Kwazi Dhlamini.
Mr. Dhlamini told the Daily Nation in an interview that his organization would this farming season supply farming inputs on the open market which would help promote self reliance among small scale farmers.
He said that over 120 000 metric tonnes of both basil and top dressing was readily available in the country, adding that the company did not feel any pressure by the cancelation of the tender by government.
Mr. Dhlamini said that the 2013-2014 farming season input pricing was attractive for small scale farmers adding that the cancellation of tenders by government would not affect its operations.
“We shall make our inputs cheap to small scale farmers in order for them to procure the inputs on time. We want to ensure that small scale farmers benefit from the low price facility we are offering,” he said.
He said that his organization had also extended the barter system of inputs to small scale farmers in order to empower them to participate in the 2013-2014 farming season.
He said that his organization had the capacity to supply over 300 000 metric tonnes of inputs, adding that it had so far provided inputs in all the countries where it was operating in the region.
“We supply inputs to Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. So for us the cancelation of the tender to supply the 2013-2014 inputs is an opportunity to cover the 2.1 million small scale farmers who were not beneficiaries of the Farmer Input Support Programme. Mind you the support caters for over 900 000 farmers out of 3 million farmers. So for us we shall supply on time to those that will not benefit from the government sponsored programme,” he said.
Mr. Dhlamini also announced that his organization would start its open market supply of fertilizer for both basil and Urea fertilizers on July 1, 2013 in order to give enough time to farmers to access the commodity.