Eastern Province Minister, Malozo Sichone, has directed, DACO the District Agricultural Coordinators, in the region to ensure they distribute urea fertiliser immediately they
Mr. Sichone says the period for Urea distribution was long overdue and the DACOs needed to ensure Nyiombo Investment, which has been contracted to distribute the fertiliser increased its efficiency.
He was speaking when he made a surprise visit to Petauke District Administration yesterday, aimed at finding the reality on the distribution of Urea fertiliser.
He says that there are no ways officers responsible for distributing the fertiliser could keep it when farmers were sleeping at the sheds.
The Provincial Minister noted that the late distribution of the Urea fertiliser has affected most maize fields in the province and as such, officers responsible should ensure all farmers are cleared as soon as possible.
Mr. Sichone says Petauke is one of the districts that have not done well in the distribution of fertiliser and directed that officers responsible should treat the distribution with the urgency it deserves.
He says farmers were insulting government because of the delay to distribute the urea fertiliser, which he indicated was deliberately caused by officers.
And Petauke District Acting DACO, Mike Mubalu, said 29, 993 by 50 kilogram bags of urea fertiliser were received and Nyiombo distributed 31, 257 by 50 kilogramme bags, adding that, the company had even distributed that which was meant for sale.