by Joseph Mwenda on 20 Nov 2018by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 20 Nov 2018by Richard Luo on 20 Nov 2018by Mirriam Chabala on 20 Nov 2018
- Goal Diggers
by Alex Chilumbwe on 15 Nov 2018by Alex Chilumbwe on 15 Nov 2018by Musambo Phiri on 11 Nov 2018by Alex Chilumbwe on 8 Nov 2018
by Stuart Lisulo on 19 Nov 2018by Abraham Kalito on 15 Nov 2018by John Chola on 15 Nov 2018by Abraham Kalito on 15 Nov 2018
- Editor's Choice
by Davies Mwila on 20 Nov 2018by Diggers Correspondent on 16 Nov 2018by Professor Geoffrey Lungwangwa on 15 Nov 2018by Davies Mwila on 13 Nov 2018
by Diggers Editor on 16 Nov 2018by Diggers Editor on 15 Nov 2018by Diggers Editor on 14 Nov 2018by Diggers Editor on 13 Nov 2018
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 28 Sep 2018by Tenson Mkhala on 28 Sep 2018by Thomas Mulenga on 24 Sep 2018by Sampa Kabwela on 8 Sep 2018
- Guest Diggers
by CUTS on 16 Nov 2018by CUTS on 16 Nov 2018by Sampa Kabwela on 10 Nov 2018by Diggers Correspondent on 17 Oct 2018
ZNFU urges govt to pay farmers, supply inputs on timeBy Mirriam Chabala on 31 Aug 2018
Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) president Jervis Zimba has asked the Ministry of Finance to release funds to pay farmers for crop marketing and input supply.
In a statement issued Thursday, Zimba stated that it was regrettable that late paying of farmers had become a norm.
“The Zambia National Farmers’ Union would like to urge Government through the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Agriculture to put priority on release of funds to pay farmers for crop marketing and input supply. We are in the middle of crop marketing and farmers are not being paid instantly by the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) for the maize supplied and some input suppliers have not been paid for inputs supplied under FISP. It is regrettable that not paying farmers on time has become the new normal way of doing business when dealing with the FRA as opposed to being an exception, why? Most farmers depend on rain-fed farming thus get one income stream in a year,” Zimba stated.
Zimba observed that continued delay in paying farmers might lead to poor implementation of the FISP e-voucher.
“Therefore, delaying paying them results in a chain reaction because depositing of funds will not take place on time for the FISP E-voucher and all the good plans thrown in disarray. The Union is concerned because it is such delays that will lead to poor implementation of the FISP E-voucher again yet this is a very good programme which could emancipate the farmers and contribute towards diversification,” Zimba observed.
He advised the treasury to speed up its decisions relating to farmers’ concerns saying rains did not wait for anyone.
“Notwithstanding all the competing demands on Government, it is time to walk the talk and avoid repeating the same mistakes every year because the cycle of crop production is known by all. Our reminder to the Treasury is that rains do not wait for anyone hence decisions concerning farming cannot be delayed. It is now the end of August and input acquisition is high on the farmers’ checklist hence there is need to re-engineer the sequencing of release of budgetary resources to give priority to ventures that are cardinal for propelling agriculture production. We have been compelled to highlight the current worrying situation because of the outcry from our members,” Zimba stated.
“It is also important to highlight that Government has still not fully paid Agribusiness Suppliers for the last season FISP-E voucher programme, yet the companies must gear up and position inputs for this season. This is of grave concern as delayed payments to Agribusiness propel additional costs which affect future pricing of inputs making farming costly. As a Union we recognise that Government plans and intentions are good, BUT it is eminent that implementation is faltering thus our call for immediate remedial action.”
He further advised government to postpone funding for projects that can wait and instead meet the pressing needs in the agriculture sector.
“We therefore make an earnest appeal to the Honourable Minister of Finance to come to the aid of the agriculture sector and release funds so that the engines on farms begin to move again. Posterity will judge us harshly for wasting opportunities as production slides downwards unchecked. The Union has always advocated for a special vault to be created for agriculture production related payments so that diversions to pay for other expenditures are eliminated. Thus, Government should consider postponing funding for projects that can wait to meet the pressing and time bound payments that must be made to keep alive Zambia’s agriculture dream at all cost,” stated Zimba.
About Mirriam Chabala
Mirriam Chabala is a Zambian journalist who covers current affairs and writes in-depth feature articles on social issues.
Email: mirriam [at] diggers [dot] news
- Disagreeing with opposition, doesn’t mean I’m defending PF – Wynter - 20 Nov 2018
- Pafyuma says there’s no unfairness in distribution of CDF - 19 Nov 2018
- Zambians are praying for God’s intervention for Lungu to leave office – Mulongoti - 19 Nov 2018
- Lubinda stresses Zambia’s need to embrace cyber security laws - 16 Nov 2018
- I won’t let other people’s wives to be dancing for me at Airpot – Kalaba - 16 Nov 2018
- Cops arrest ZANIS reporter for filming HH arrival at Ndola Police
- Police warn, caution HH for seditious practices; no arrest
- Prisons will be full of politicians after 2021, says Kambwili as he narrates State House money scandal
- Police perpetrating confusion - Mweemba
- PF, UPND maintain threats on each other as HH goes to Ndola
Subscribe for email alerts
Weekly Most Digged
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
The News Diggers
Deputy News Editor
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
+26-097-7708285, 095-3424603, 096-5815078
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend