joseph made  04-08-10 edd.jpgGovernment has unveiled a US$45 million facility for the 2011-2012 agricultural season under the subsidised summer input scheme in a development which is expected to benefit both small scale and commercial farmers.

In a move that will see farmers commencing preparations for this year’s farming season in good time, the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development has allocated US$45 million.

 

The money availed under the government input facility scheme is expected to enable farmers to purchase farming inputs on time at affordable prices.

Addressing journalists in the capital, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, Dr Joseph Made, said consultations with the Ministry of Finance are continuing for the allocation of more funds as the US$45 million dollar facility falls short of the real demands of the farmer.

“I urge other stakeholders in the agric industry such as banks to also support the sector”, said Dr Made.

Beneficiaries of the scheme are expected to have delivered some of their crops to the GMB before.

 

All categories of farmers are set to benefit including church related institutions.

 

Communal farmers are expected to get 50% of the inputs.