Katete District Agriculture Coordinator (DACO) Robbie Musendo has assured Katete farmers of receiving farming inputs in time.
Mr Musendo told ZANIS in an interview today that the district was in receipt of 15, 610 by 50 Kg bags of D compound fertilizer with a carryover of 9, 003 by 50 kg urea fertilizer from last year’s farming season under the Farmer Support Input Program (FISP).
He said during the 2014/2015 farming season government has put in place all strategic measures to ensure that no delays are recorded once the farming season starts.
He observed that government wants to see to it that farmers in the district begin receiving the inputs as early as September in order to adequately prepare their fields.
Mr Musendo said currently Katete district has a number of 18 000 registered farmers under the FISP program.
The District Agriculture Coordinator stated that his department was currently carrying out the reconstitution of Camp Agriculture Committees (CACs) to pave way for new leadership.
He indicated that in the new committees to be formed, his office will ensure that chiefs have a representation in the committees to enhance transparency during the implementation of the FISP program.
Meanwhile, Mr Musendo has urged Katete residents to attend the District Agriculture and Commercial show which will open this Friday.
Mr Musendo said people especially farmers should take keen interest by visiting stands at the show where they can learn new innovations in agriculture and livestock that will be showcased.
He said a number of business companies , agro dealers, seed companies, cooperatives and individual farmers have so far registered to take part and show case their products and services.
He added that people should take the show time as an opportunity to access information on how to enhance their business potential and also venture into economic activities that will boost their living standards.
This year’s District Agriculture and Commercial Show will be held under a theme “breaking new grounds and commemorating 50 years of Zambia’s independence”.