By Staff Reporter
Minister of Land, Agriculture,Water and Rural Resettlement says Government will import 55 000 metric tonnes of top dressing fertilizer to address the current shortages which threaten to derail a promising cropping season.
Shortages of top dressing fertilizers in the market are attributable to delays in resourcing local fertilizer companies with forex to import raw materials.
“We have the internal capacity to produce top dressing or basal fertilizers but we need to resource these companies very early in the year for them to get raw material and unfortunately this was not the case. To address the current shortages we have brought 55 000 metric tonnes and our expectation is to see accelerated disbursement via GMB to farmers”.
Minister Masuka said to ensure equal access of the imported top dressing fertilizer each farmer will receive half of their allocation.
He said the command and Pfumvudza programs required 106 000 mt and 95 000 mt of top dressing fertiliser respectively.
Going forward Minister Masuka said his ministry is going to ensure local companies receive sufficient forex by February to ensure they acquire raw materials before the onset of the summer cropping season.
Prior to the commencement of the summer cropping Government adopted measures that encouraged investors to take up and set up plants for the local manufacture of fertilisers and agro-chemicals.
Additionally fertilisers and agro-chemicals were to be imported duty-free in order to ensure timeous availability and enhance productivity. ENDS