bitiiiiiiiiii.jpgFinance Minister Tendai Biti’s announcement that government together with banks and donors have channeled US$1.9 billion to the agriculture sector has been described as unjustifiable claims as farmers are failing to access even little funding.

With thousands of farmers struggling to make ends meet in their effort to make a breakthrough, Minister Biti surprisingly told ZBC News that his Ministry in collaboration with financial institutions and donors has so far disbursed US$1.9 billion to the agricultural sector since 2009.

Mr. Biti’s statement comes as a surprise to farmers who say it does not make sense for him to include indirect capital injection while there is nothing to practically account for the money on the part of the bulk of newly-resettled farmers who are battling to access government facilities.

Meanwhile, farmers continue to cry foul over the introduction of open market on all agricultural products with thousands of them who had delivered to GMB being the most affected.

While the government’s statutory instrument to liberalise the market is commendable, farmers have appealed to relevant authorities to put in place mechanisms to immediately pay growers who delivered their grain to the GMB as most of them are now contemplating quitting the growing of maize which is the country’s staple food.