The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction, CSPR has added its voice on the delay by government to distribute top dressing subsidised fertiliser.
CSPR Provincial Coordinator, Maxwell Nkhoma has told Breeze News that it is sad to note that up to now most farmers have not yet received their inputs.
Mr Nkhoma says that the 66 per cent distribution that has so far been done at provincial level is not acceptable because time has already run out for farmers to apply the inputs in their fields.
He says that the situation indicates that government did not put up adequate corrective measures to improve on the same situation, which existed last farming season.
On Thursday Youth and Sports Development, Minister, Chishimba Kambwili heaped the blame on the late distribution of fertilizer on suppliers of fertilizer that government had previously been dealing with.
Mr. Kambwili said that the suppliers filed a court injunction restraining TAZARA from transporting cheap fertilizer, which government bought from Saudi Arabia until after their fertilizer had been transported into Zambia from Tanzania.
He explained that this resulted in government opting to transport the fertilizer from Tanzania by road, which has proved to be a big challenge.