More top-dressing fertiliser arrives

By Tendai Munengwa

MORE top-dressing fertiliser has arrived in the country as part of government efforts to boost agricultural productivity and enhance national food security.

The fertiliser will be distributed to farmers who are yet to receive the commodity under the Presidential Inputs Programme.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Dr John Basera says importation of huge quantities of top-dressing fertiliser are aimed at ensuring that no farmer is left behind.

“In term of Top dressing for command we are over 95 percent distribution while on top dressing for Pfumvudza we are over 65 percent and we target to bring the balance by mid to end this month,” Dr Basera said.

FSG which is mandated to import 80 000 tonnes is working around the clock to beat the mid-February deadline.

“Action speaks louder than words. As you can see, we have 156 30-tonne trucks which are coming from different borders. We are moving over 3500 tonnes a day so that by mid-February every farmer receives their top-dressing fertiliser,” says FSG spokesperson Ngoni Kandeya.

Meanwhile, the fertiliser production roadmap is at an advanced stage in order to resuscitate local production of the top-dressing fertiliser and thus cut the huge import bill of the commodity.