Distribution of farming inputs in North West on course



THE distribution of farm inputs for the 2016/2017 farming season in North Western Province is on course, says provincial senior marketing development officer Dennis Munachusa.

Mr Munachusa said over 90 percent of D-compound fertilizer had been delivered, adding that most of the districts that were not on the E-voucher system had received more than 90 percent of the inputs.

He said out of 7,151 metric tonnes of D-compound that the province was expected to receive, 5,484 metric tonnes had so far been received.

He said in terms of urea, the province was expecting 6,705.1 metric tonnes but nothing had so far been received, which he attributed to logistical challenges by the company contracted to deliver the commodity.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and we are hopeful that there will be consistency in hauling of the inputs to the districts to ensure that farmers have access to them in good time,” he said.

He further said it was important for farmers to have inputs in good time going by the changing weather patterns for them to plant with the first rains to get a good yield.

He also challenged cooperative societies to show seriousness by supporting some of their members while ensuring that they worked in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture both at provincial and district levels.