LATE DELIVERY OF FARMING INPUTS THREATENING ZAMBIA’S FOOD SECURITY

By Lukundo Nankamba

The Small Scale Farmers Development Agency–SAFADA- is worried that the late distribution of farming inputs for the 2022/23 by the government, has the potential to negatively affect Zambia’s food security with a possible poor maize harvest looming this year.

SAFADA Executive Director Boyd Moobwe is concerned that farmers under the Farmer Input Support Programme-FISP- will be affected after Minister of Agriculture Reuben Mtolo announced last month that the procurement process of inputs for the next farming season will delay due to

ongoing audits.

Mr. Moobwe says the farming season is soon and that the late delivery of farming inputs will not only undermine chances of a good harvest but subsequently, the country’s food security in addition to low yields that will in turn reduce the income generated from farming activities.

He tells Phoenix News that any low yields especially for the staple food, maize, will inflate the already high mealie meal prices beyond the reach of many poor Zambians hence the need for quick interventions.

PHOENIX FM

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