The Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance has urged Minister of Agriculture, Michael Katambo to update the nation on the investigations launched last year into the theft of farming inputs in different parts of the country.
CSO-SUN Country Coordinator, Mathews Mhuru says the Minister should tell the nation what has been done to recover the stolen fertilizer on the Copperbelt, Muchinga, Southern and Eastern provinces.
Mr Mhuru says the theft of 3,000 bags of fertilizer in Luanshya in November 2020, 950 bags of fertilizer in Mambwe District in Eastern Province and 180 bags in Katete District is unthinkable and a drawback to many farmers that did not receive their inputs.
He said his organization is saddened that government officials including District Commissioners and Agriculture Officers are linked to the theft of fertilizer meant for vulnerable small-scale farmers.
Mr Mhuru said the silence exhibited by the government particularly the Minister of Agriculture on the theft of farming inputs is not helping in restoring confidence in the management of FISP which has over the years been tainted with irregularities.