Agriculture Minister, Johnson Drigo, said that the government has already distributed 2,800 bags of fertilizers from 20,000 to be made available through the EU-funded Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM).
Drigo said last week that his ministry is on a mission to help farmers on the island to get back on their feet.
“I want the nation to know that of the 20,000 bags of fertilizer from the Banana Accompanying Measures, only 2,800 has arrived and has been distributed,” he stated. “The farmers who have not received fertilizer out of the BAM will get their share of the fertilizer which is coming in on the island.”
He said the fertilizer was distributed to farmers of the north and north-east zones.
He explained that the ministry prepared a list of every farmer deserving of receiving the fertilizer and the entire list was approved.
He said the distribution was done in such a way to ensure every farmer was assisted.
“Every bag of fertilizer the ministry receive belong to farmers and will go to farmers,” Drigo remarked.
He added that the Ministry is expecting an additional shipment of 5000 bags of fertilizers by the end of December of early January.
“The Ministry will decide where that fertilizer is distributed,” Drigo noted.
Meantime he said the biggest problem farmers face is that of accessing planting material.
“Nobody can get dasheen plant, nobody can get plantain plants right now, nobody can get banana plants right now…,” he remarked.