Government has urged farmers in Southern Province not to panic as it is doing everything possible to ensure they access farming inputs in view of the onset of the rainy season.
Southern Province Minister CORNELIUS MWEETWA has attributed the delay to current government efforts to normalize inequalities that existed in the province under the E-Voucher system which had severely disadvantaged FISP beneficiaries in the region.
Addressing the media in Choma, Mr. MWEETWA said the government will soon launch input distribution exercise in the province once all the logistics are finalized.
The Minister has emphasized that government wants farmers in the province to receive the right quantities of seed and fertilizer just like farmers in other provinces.
Under the E-voucher, farmers could only access three bags of fertilizer but now government wants them to get six bags of the commodity as has been the case with farmers in other provinces.
Meanwhile, Mr. MWEETWA has called upon the police command in the province to intensify patrols to help curb incidences of armed bandits that have been recorded in the province.
The Minister is concerned that some local business persons have been attacked by armed bandits with one Choma prominent business man having been shot at and robbed at his residence.