THE Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia (NCZ) has dispatched 42,000 tonnes out of the 66,000 of basal dressing fertiliser that the company has produced for farmers under the ongoing countrywide Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).
NCZ marketing and sales manager Evans Mupeta said in an interview that the remaining 4,000 tonnes of the consignment for basal dressing should be produced within the next two weeks.
“So far, we have dispatched 42,000 tonnes of D-compound fertiliser for farmers and the remainder should be done within the coming fortnight,” he said.
Mr Mupeta said the company will only consider producing fertiliser for export once the local market was satisfied.
Meanwhile, Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) has transported 5,196 tonnes of basal dressing fertiliser under an agreement with NCZ, during the ongoing FISP.
ZRL marketing director Sydney Tembo said in a separate interview that the company and NCZ had agreed that at least 14,000 tonnes of D-compound fertiliser would be ferried by rail.
“The challenge we have had is that some areas are not accessible by rail, so we fine tuned the 14,000 target into something more manageable basing on railway accessibility,” he said.