Govt. warns co-operative officials in Kasama against graft

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Kasama District Commissioner Kalanga Bwalya has warned unscrupulous Co-operative officials to desist from engaging themselves in malpractices and corruption during this year’s farm input distribution.




ZANIS reports that Mr. Bwalya said this in a press statement made in Kasama today.




He said Government is committed to improving the living standard of small scale farmers in the area by providing giving subsidies farming inputs.




The District Commissioner advised that officials that will engage in corruption activities will risk being prosecuted by the law.




Mr. Bwalya further said his office will strictly monitor the distribution of farm inputs insure that the intended people benefit from the efforts.



He also urged all investigative wings of government to get involved and be alert all the times during the distribution of inputs.




The District Commissioner said his desire is to see a complaint free distribution of fertilizer and other inputs to deserving peasant farmers.



Mr. Bwalya has since applauded the Government for starting the fertilizer input distributing early.



Government  recently announced its plans to support 900,000 small scale farmers under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock’s Farmer Input Support Program (FISP) in the 2013/ 2014 farming season.



Chief government Spokesperson, Kennedy Sakeni, says resulting from the FISP program, the Ministry of Agriculture had advertised for the supply of 67, 765.5 metric tonnes of top dressing fertilizer in March this year.



Mr Sakeni, who is also Information and Broadcasting minister,  said the tender procedure closed on 9th April 2013 and 18 bids were received and evaluated in line with the requirements of the procurement regulations.