made joseph 03-11-10.jpgGovernment has introduced tight measures to curb the alleged looting of fertilisers by some few individuals at the expense of farmers who are struggling to access the scarce commodity.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr. Joseph Made said this while presenting a lecture to the Joint Command and Staff Course Number 25 in Harare.

 

He said his Ministry has, with immediate effect, introduced a new model that will ensure accountability in the disbursement of inputs by giving priority to communal and A1 farmers.

 

Dr. Made, who condemned the abuse of inputs by some individuals, said it will be unfortunate that under the new distribution system of the imported urefertilizer.jpga, A2 farmers who received the bulk of Compound D might be forced to pool resources to secure their top dressing.

The Agriculture Minister also hinted the need for government to timely pay farmers who delivered their grain to GMB saying failure do so will result in most growers failing to pay back their loans.

In his presentation on the challenges facing agricultural production to a cross section of delegates drawn from across the SADC region, Dr Made said Zimbabwe’s land reform story has been a success despite challenges of droughts and several production challenges that the country faced since its inception.