Solwezi farmers start getting inputs

MORE than 1,000 farmers in Solwezi yesterday started getting their farming inputs for the 2015/2016 season after the intervention by Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda.

The farmers were denied access to the inputs after the North Western Cooperative Union refused to release them, claiming that the institution was owed a lot of money in transport refunds and use of the warehouse.

A check by the Daily Nation at the warehouse found farmers collecting the inputs without any challenges.

District agriculture coordinator (DACO) Miyobo Shimabale said after the discussions with the warehouse manager and provincial agriculture coordinator (PACO) together with officials from the ministry headquarters, the union agreed to release the inputs.

‘’I can confirm that farmers have started getting their inputs and through the PACO, the warehouse manager aired out his grievances,’’ Mr Shimabale said.

Some farmers talked to thanked Government for the timely intervention into the matter.

Meanwhile, co-operative union chairperson Amon Kyanguba said the inputs had been released on condition that Government would clear the outstanding payment within the period agreed upon between the two parties.