53 farmer cooperatives in Luanshya’s Fisenge area on the Copperbelt are sharing 535 packs of fertilizer which they say is not enough.
The farmers have told Phoenix News that most cooperatives from the last distribution have recorded an increase in members and yet their allocation under the Farmer Input Support Program -FISP-has remained the same.
They have revealed that currently, only 535 packs of farming inputs are being shared among beneficiaries from 53 cooperatives.
They are concerned that the current allocation if not increased will result in low yields as farmers will be planting in small portions, a situation they say has the potential to threaten food security in the district.
They have since called on government through the Ministry of Agriculture to consider increasing the allocation if a bumper harvest and food security are to be guaranteed.
Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Green Mbozi was not available to comment as he was in a meeting.

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