Arrest Mukwasu agro dealer for failing to supply inputs – Muchinga PS
By Staff Reporter
Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Jobbicks Kalumba has ordered an immediate arrest of a local agro dealer trading as Mukwasu for allegedly failing to supply inputs to over 600 small scale farmers in Chinsali.
Kalumba said the agro dealer is reportedly to have failed to supply agro inputs to the farmers for the past one month now despite having successfully swiped their E-Voucher cards and received a top up of K40 cash from each farmer for the 3 packs of fertiliser and seed.
“The agro dealer should be found and ensure that he supplies inputs to all the affected small-scale farmers without any further delays. Over 600 small scale farmers in Chinsali District of Muchinga Province have been spending nights in the cold after an agro dealer failed to supply them with inputs. The agro dealer trading as Mukwasu agro dealer based at Chinsali Central market allegedly swiped E-Voucher cards for over 600 farmers a month an ago but has failed to supply them with the agricultural inputs that include fertiliser and seed,” said Kalumba.
And one of the affected farmers, Belita Chibansa aged 78, from Masandiko village told the Zambia News and Information Services that she was promised to receive the inputs three weeks ago after successfully swiping her E-Voucher card and paying a top up of K40 cash but to date she had not received the inputs.
Another farmer George Katongo said the agro dealer has been promising to supply them with inputs for the past one month.
“Continued failure to supply us with inputs is affecting our farming activities. And this continued delays by the agro dealer to supply us with inputs will also affect crop production for the 2019/2020 farming season and we appeal to Government for the quick intervention,” said Katongo
When contacted for a comment the agro dealer identified only as Mr. Sakala promised to be in Chinsali this morning to sort out the affected farmers.
The farmers stormed the office of Kalumba to complain about lack of inputs.