Police Intercept Trucks with Fertilizer
Police in Chikwawa have intercepted two trucks full of bags of fertilizer heading to Blantyre amid growing concerns that a lot of people are struggling to access the farm inputs from the Affordable Input Program (AIP).
Police Officer in Charge, Senior Assistant Commissioner Jane Mandala, told the agriculture officials and Member of Parliament for Chikwawa Nkombezi, Abida Mia, who stormed the station on Wednesday afternoon that police intercepted the trucks at Kamuzu Bridge road block on Tuesday night and are currently conducting an investigation on the incident.
Mia who is also Deputy Minister of expressed worryh on the matter.
“We are worried when we see such a big number of bags of fertilizer being taken away from my area. People are complaining that their IDs are being snatched," complained Mia.
Police say the trucks’ registration numbers are CK 7554 and MJ 8242 and were coming from Ngabu area.
Program Manager for Shire Valley Agricultural Development Division, Francis Mlewa, says he is surprised on how a huge tonnage of fertilizer could be transported from Chikwawa to Blantyre.
"We suspect that this is stolen fertilizer that was bought from farmers or the other way. But we will wait for police to conclude their investigations," said Mlewa