Heavy rains send panic among some farmers in Chipata

Farmers in Ngongwe area in Chipata are in a state of panic, following heavy rains yesterday.
Zone Five Chairperson in Ngongwe Camp Agricultural Committee, CAC, John Lungu, says that farmers are in a dilemma, because they have no farming inputs especially seed.
Mr. Lungu, says that farmers are worried that delays in planting seed may affect the yields.
He says that farmers are unable to buy inputs on their own because most of them have not yet received their money after selling maize to FRA, the Food Reserve Agency.
Last week, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, explained that the delay in the distribution of inputs was caused by the absence of seed.
He however explained that the province has now received the seed and is hopeful that all farmers would have received their inputs by the end of November.

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