Northern Province Minister, Gerry Chanda, has apologised to farmers in Mpulungu for the late delivery of basal dressing fertilizer.
Col Chanda sounded the apology when he paid a courtesy call on Chief Chinakila of the Lungu people in Mpulungu today.
The minister said it was not government’s intention to deliver fertilizer late to its farming community but Nyiombo, the company which was contracted to deliver the fertilizer has disappointed the nation.
Col Chanda said acknowledged that late delivery of inputs has in turn affected 2012- 2013 farming season.
He regretted that when people want to curb poverty through farming some organizations like Nyiombo were a late down by failing to honour its promises.
The minister noted that delivering fertilizer in February instead of November or December was not appropriate as many maize fields were left to go to waste.
And Chief Chitimbwa is sad over his subjects’ failure to receive the fertilizer on time.
Chief Chitimbwa said as much as he supports the PF-led government, he finds it saddening that his subjects may have no adequate food.
“Our honourable minister, please ensure that the 2013-2014 fertilizer delivery is done in time,’’ appealed Chief chinakila.
Col Chanda is on a formalization tour of Mpulungu district where he is inspecting development projects.