Top fertiliser imports by government have intensified with bulk of farmers who have been battling to secure ammonium nitrate expected to start accessing the scarce commodity soon.
The Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Rural Resettlement Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrence Shiri appealed to farmers to remain vigilant as the government is working around the clock to move fertiliser imports into the country.
While maize planted under irrigation has reached knee level, a stage which requires top dressing fertiliser, the government has appealed to farmers to be a bit patient as the ammonium nitrate imported to help alleviate the critical shortage of the commodity has started trickling in the country.
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has released a huge chunk of forex to import top dressing fertiliser and farmers should bear with government that they will get AN fertiliser as promised said Retired Air Chief Marshal Shiri.
“The decision taken by government to allow companies and individual farmers to import fertiliser free of duty as a measure to compliment efforts by the state to ease fertiliser shortages has started to pay dividends,” added Minister Shiri.
The country requires between 200 000 and 250 000 tonnes of top dressing fertilisers per year and the ball remains in the government court to expedite an fertiliser imports to ensure the anticipated bumper harvest is achieved under the second phase of command agriculture.