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Farmers selling Presidential inputs

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Farmers selling Presidential inputs

The Herald

Patrick Chitumba Midlands Bureau—
SOME farmers countrywide are selling seed and fertiliser allocated to them under the Presidential Inputs Scheme, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Deputy Minister Cde Davis Marapira has said.

He said the problem started in Mashonaland East and Manicaland provinces.

“While all the provinces have been doing well in the distribution of farming inputs to farmers across the country, we are saddened by the latest development where we have heard of unscrupulous people who are now selling the farming inputs.

“It is a sad development for the country because the Government invested millions of dollars to boost the agricultural sector and some anti-development people are going against such progress.

“The reselling of farming inputs started in Mashonaland East, Manicaland and is now spread across the country. Let me warn the perpetrators that if they are caught, the full wrath of the law will descent upon them.”

Cde Marapira said he believed that such malcontents were not real farmers but detractors burnt on causing mayhem and disorder.

“These are the same people who then go on top of mountains saying the Government is doing nothing to address the issue of food security. These are the people who are anti government, anti production, anti development and will be arrested if they are caught,” he said.

Cde Marapira said they were still compiling data to see the quantity of inputs which were sold. Meanwhile, Cde Marapira said farmers should complement Government by investing in pesticides to kill, repel, or control certain forms of plant or animal life that are a threat to their crops.

He said while Government intervenes when there is a national disaster like the outbreak of army-worm, reports of an outbreak of stalk borer in parts of the Midlands Province should be dealt with accordingly by the affected farmers.

“I appeal to farmers across the country to monitor their crops and act decisively every time their crops are affected instead of waiting on Government for everything.”

The distribution of agricultural inputs under the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme is set to benefit over 600 000 households nationwide this year. The scheme will complement the Command Agriculture programme under which Government is expected to finance 400 000 hectares of maize this season.

SOME farmers countrywide are selling seed and fertiliser allocated to them under the Presidential Inputs Scheme, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Deputy Minister Cde Davis Marapira has said. He said the problem started in Mashonaland East and Manicaland provinces. “While all the provinces have been doing well in the distributionhttp://www.herald.co.zw/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gifof farming inputs to farmers across the country, we are saddened by the latest development where we have heard of unscrupulous people who are now reselling the farming inputs. It is a sad development for the country because the Government invested millions of dollars to boast the agriculture sector and some anti-development people are going against progress.

“The reselling of farming inputs started in Mashonaland East, Manicaland and is now spread across the country. Let me warn the perpetrators that if they are caught, the full wrath of the law will descent on them.”

Cde Marapira said he believed that such malcontents were not real farmers but detractors burnt on causing mayhem and disorder. “These are the same people who then go on top of mountains saying the Government is doing nothing to address the issue of food security. These are the people who are anti-Government, anti-production, anti-development and will be arrested if they are caught,” he said.

Cde Marapira said they were still compiling data to see the tonnage of inputs that was resold. Meanwhile, Cde Marapira said farmers should complement Government by investing in pesticides to kill, repel or control certain forms of plant or animal life that are a threat to their crops.

He said while Government intervenes when there is a national disaster like the outbreak of armyworm, reports of an outbreak of stalk borer in parts of the Midlands Province should be dealt with accordingly by the affected farmers.

“I appeal to farmers across the country to monitor their crops and act decisively every time their crops are affected instead of waiting on Government for everything.” The distribution of agricultural inputs under the Presidential Inputs Support Scheme is set to benefit over 600 000 households nationwide, this year.

The scheme will complement the Command Agriculture programme under which Government is expected to finance 400 000 hectares of maize this season.

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