AGRICULTURE Minister Mtolo Phiri says his Ministry was guided by the Zambia Public Procurement Authority to directly select fertiliser suppliers for the 2022 to 2023 farming season due to time constraints.   And Phiri refuted Emmanuel Mwamba’s claims that the Ministry had awarded Alpha Commodities a tender worth $65 million, asking the former ambassador to visit his office to get the correct figures.  Meanwhile, Phiri has flagged-off the 2022/2023 FISP programme, saying 1,024,434 farmers will benefit.  In an interview, Phiri justified the ministry’s decision to option for direct selection. “The fact is that we have given six companies and the values can be calculated. It was direct, the reason is simple, we had done a very good open…...

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