CHIEFTAINESS Kawaza of the Chewa speaking people in Katete district has commended government for having delivered farming inputs to farmers in her chiefdom on time under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) in the 2019/2020 farming season.
The traditional ruler said most of the farmers in her chiefdom were reported to have experienced no problems after having planted their maize because they received the fertilizer on time.
Chieftainess Kawaza said the continued good rainfall pattern in her chiefdom would guarantee a bumper harvest.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, the traditional ruler said most of the people had planted maize in November, adding that the crops were so far doing well because of the good rainfall and the fertilizer that was delivered early by the distributor Neria Investments Limited.
Chieftainess Kawaza however said information had reached her from the Katete District Agriculture Coordinating Officer (DACO) that some farmers had not received their inputs.
She said the DACO’s office was looking into the issue to ensure that the remaining farmers received their inputs.
Chieftainess Kawaza said there were no reported cases of army worms in her chiefdom owing to the good rainfall that had continued to be experienced.
And the traditional ruler said effects of climate change had been experienced in her chiefdom.
She said that people in her chiefdom had been adequately sensitized on the dangers of cutting down trees as a way of mitigating the effects of climate change.
Meanwhile, Katete district commissioner Joseph Makukula said 13,587 farmers have fully redeemed under FISP with 13,010 having partially redeemed while 1,272 had not done so.
Mr Makukula said the district has 26,869 beneficiaries under FISP and to meet its target the farmers was supposed to receive 120,910 x 50 kg bags of D Compound and 80,607 x 50 kg bags of Urea fertilizer. – ZANIS

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