The delay in the delivery of urea fertilizer under the farmer input support programme (FISP) in some parts of Mungwi District are worrying, says Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba speaking people in Northern Province.
Chief Chitimukulu said the late delivery of top dressing fertilizer might negatively affect yields for the 2015/2016 farming season.
The chief has since advised government to address what he termed as inertia in the distribution process.
He said this when Vice President Inonge Wina paid a courtesy call on him at his palace on Saturday..
He called for increased investment in the country’s agricultural sector in order to sustain national food security.
And the Vice President regretted the delay in the delivery of farming inputs in Chief Chitimukulu.
She said the development was saddening especially that the country looked up to the Northern Region to sustain the food basket given to poor rainfall in other regions.
Mrs. Wina assured the Paramount chief that government would quickly look into the matter with the agency it deserved.
She said her office through the disaster management unit (DMMU) remained committed to ensuring food security.
Mrs Wina said the Ministry of National Development and Planning was seeking the counsel from traditional leaders in improving the agricultural sector.
Earlier, sub-chief Chimba dismissed speculations by some sections of society suggesting that the Bemba Royal Establishment was supporting a named political party.
Chief Chimba, who is also Bashilubemba’s chairperson, reiterated that the establishment was a non- partisan institution which should not be politicized.