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Agriculture Ministry Pays over $50M to Farmers and Suppliers

17 December, 2021

Agriculture Ministry Pays over $50M to Farmers and Suppliers

Final payments of over $50 million are now being made to farmers and other suppliers!

The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries along with the National Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO) thank our farmers, local poultry processors and other suppliers for the overwhelming support given since May 2021 towards the Government’s local food distribution programme.

From May to September 2021, there were over 180,000 distributions. This was in excess of the originally budgeted amount of 125,000. Furthermore, from September 2021 to present, there was an additional 100,000 distributions. This is an excellent achievement but the Ministry also wants to take this opportunity to apologise for the recent delays in final payments. This was a result of a decision after the 2021/22 budget preparations, to accede to requests for the continued distribution of local food packages to approximately 25,000 families each month. The matter has been resolved, the funds are in the NAMDEVCO’s account and the cheques will be available for collection.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries thanks everyone for their continued support and wishes the national community a Merry Christmas and a safe and successful 2022.