Kaputa farmers complain over delayed input distribution

Christine Daka, small farmer in Zambia

Farmers in Kaputa district, who are under the government Fertilizer Input Support Programme (FISP), have complained over the delayed distribution of inputs for the 2013/2014 farming season.

The farmers, who spoke through, Kaputa District Council Chairman, Webby Kawelwa, complained that the delayed distribution of inputs in this agricultural season will have negative effects on the farming season.

Mr Kawelwa explained that the district starts receiving rains as early as September which ends by January, noting that the farmers are fearing that the season will be a flop in the district.

He added that farmers ploughed their fields as early as October and were waiting for the seeds and some notorious weeds have already invaded their fields that will be difficult to control.

Mr Kawelwa, who is also Patriotic Front (PF) Kaleulu Ward Councillor, said this in a walking interview with ZANIS in Kaputa today.

He further told ZANIS that he had also tried to contact the Ministry of Agriculture officials in Kaputa who have kept promising him.

The councillor has since appealed to government to speed up the distribution of seeds and other inputs to the district before the rains stop.

Efforts to get a comment from Kaputa District Agricultural Coordinator (DACO) failed as she was reportedly out of the district.

The district had by the end of November only received top dressing fertilizer while the other allocation of basal dressing fertilizer and seeds was still being awaited.