Serenje farmers in input SOS

Farmers in Serenje have resorted to sharing farming inputs because of a critical shortage that has hit the area.

One of the affected farmers, Mr Patrick Muzaza, said farmers who had access to farming inputs did not receive adequate stocks hence resorting to sharing.

Farmers  in the district have  since appealed to Government to consider farming as  top priority if it was to address the many challenges facing the nation.

Mr Muzaza said it was unfortunate that  many farmers had not been paid for their maize and were everyday queuing in the hope of getting their money when that was supposed to have been done before the onset of the rains to give them chance to prepare for the next farming season.

Mr Muzaza said the agriculture policy in Zambia was poor and that was the reason why farmers had continued to suffer despite their efforts to ensure food security in the country.

He said it was unacceptable that mealie meal prices and other essential commodities were still high when the country was capable of putting deliberate policies that could improve agriculture.

Mr Muzaza said many farmers have not been paid their money in the district, the development which was detrimental to the development of agriculture.

And Serenje district commissioner Charles Mwelwa said the Government released K7 million to continue paying farmers in the district for the maize they supplied to FRA.

Mr Mwelwa said earlier, the Government paid  out K6.4 million and the additional K7 milllion would see farmers in the district continue receiving their dues.

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