Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, Dr Joseph Made has called upon farmers and input suppliers to work with speed to ensure that the 2010/2011 season becomes a success.
The call made at a meeting of government and input suppliers in the capital follows an arrangement among government, input suppliers and donors to provide seed for 956 000 farmers in A1 farms, old resettlement areas and small scale farmers countrywide for the current summer cropping season.
Dr Made said government is aware of financial challenges facing the fertiliser industry and had therefore granted permission to local companies to import fertiliser to boost the nationâ€™s requirements.
â€œWe are already behind schedule, but we will move with speed,â€ Dr Made said.
Structures including personnel from local government, Agritex and social welfare will monitor the inputs distribution programme to ensure that farmers do not receive double allocations.