—–Small scale farmers in Shiwang`andu district of Muchinga province have commended government for the early distribution of farming inputs for the 2014/2015 farming season.
Speaking on behalf of other farmers, Felisters Chanda said that due to the early distribution of farming inputs for this farming season, farming activities have since started in the district.
Ms Chanda said the district is expected to have an increase in maize production as most farmers have majored into growing maize.
She said this in an interview with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Shiwang`andu today.
And Acting District Agricultural Coordinator (DACO), Edwin Kikamba, said the district has received 5,610 packs of farming inputs that have since been distributed to farmers by 97 per cent.
Mr Kikamba said that out of the 142 cooperatives only about four have not yet received the inputs, saying by the end of this week the remaining inputs will be distributed once the Food Reserve Agency
(FRA) pays the waiting farmers.
Mr Kikamba, who is handling the Farming Input Support Programme, has called on farmers to put the inputs to good use and not to sell.
He said a monitoring tool has been established in the district to ensure farmers do not misuse the inputs.
Mr Kikamba warned that any farmer who will be found wanting will be black listed from receiving farming inputs from government.