—-Luangeni Member of Parliament, Charles Zulu, has assured farmers that government will this year improve maize marketing by paying those who will sell their produce in good
Mr Zulu says government will revise the marketing season to ensure that farmers are paid on time.
He was speaking when he addressed villagers at Zimema village in Chief Saili’s area.
Mr Zulu advised people to forgive government for the delays in the payment of maize purchase in the last marketing season, saying it is because government procured more than what was budgeted for.
He advised people in his constituency not to listen to politicians peddling lies that the Patriotic Front government failed to pay farmers in the last farming season because it was a failure.
Mr Zulu, who was in the company of Kabombo MP, Danny Chingimbu, assured the farmers that government will perform to their expectations during the 2014/15 marketing season.
He stated that issues of drilling boreholes, electricity and improvement on school infrastructure were top of government development agenda of the area, saying people in villages should also have access to such facilities just like those in town.
Mr Zulu, who also gave out certificates to five women clubs, said there is need for women to work towards improving their living conditions by accessing funds through women clubs from government because they have the capacity to do so.
He named the clubs as Ngalande, Matongwe, Chikondikabiya, Mtowe and Chisomokozola all of Chief Saili’s area.
And speaking at the same function, Saili Area Committee Chairperson Mekiwe Soko, appealed to government to establish a police post in the area.
Ms Soko lamented that thieves were terrorising the area stealing goats and fresh maize in gardens among other things.
He said Chief Saili has tried to punish the thieves once they are caught but it is not deterring others from engaging in the crime.
She stated that women in the area were committed to the improvement of their lives, saying what was lacking was access to funds as they submitted forms to the Department of Community Development a long time but have not been funded.