The Small Scale Farmers’ Development Agency (SAFADA) has commended government for the unprecedented early fertilizer distribution exercise for the 2013-2014 farming season. SAFADA Director Boyd Moobwe said the development will help farmers plan early for their crop production in the next farming season. Mr. Moobwe said the move was expected to raise the productivity of small scale farmers in the country thereby enabling them to contribute meaningfully to national food security. He said in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today that it was the agency’s desire that small scale farmers take advantage of government’s good intention to maximize their productivity. Mr. Moobwe also hoped that the initiative is a complete package with a good marketing system in place so that challenges that farmers used to face in the previous seasons to market their produce can be addressed. The SAFADA Director also urged farmers to mature and graduate into self reliant people so that other farmers can also benefit from government support. He said it was not fair to have the same farmers benefiting from government programmes aimed at aiding many farmers every year. Efforts to get a comment from the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) proved futile by press time. Agriculture and Livestock Minister Bob Sichinga yesterday flagged off the 2013-2014 countrywide fertilizer distribution exercise.