fertiliser 17.01.11.jpgThe Grain Marketing Board (GMB) has impounded two 30-tonne trucks and several other small trucks loaded with fertiliser from unscrupulous dealers who are suspected to be looting agricultural inputs being distributed under the Government Inputs Scheme.

In its efforts to curb the looting of inputs countrywide, especially fertiliser, the GMB has recovered huge quantities of the commodity from some suspected unscrupulous dealers.

The dealers are allegedly masquerading as farmers to acquire fertiliser from GMB depots before selling it at exorbitant prices.

GMB General Manager Albert Mandizha warned those engaging in such corrupt dealings that the net is closing in as the parastatal has adopted a zero tolerance on corruption.

Mr Mandizha said the company has established a hot line that farmers can use to report any suspects who are abusing the Government Inputs Scheme. gmb1.jpg

The launch of the Government Input Scheme has over the past months attracted a lot of attention with farmers complaining that the inputs were being looted by a few individuals at the expense of genuine farmers.

Now that the GMB investigations has exposed some culprits, observers feel that the parastatal should not hesitate to cast its net wider and bring to book some big fishes who are reported to have abused both the Government Input Scheme and the Presidential Well Wishers Special Input Scheme.