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THE government is punishing innocent farmers by failing to provide Food Reserve Agency bags.

PF Member of the Central Committee in charge of Information and Publicity Raphael Nakacinda said it is unfortunate that farmers have stayed for two months in depots without being given empty grain bags.

He said the UPND promised to be there for the people but the current situation is unacceptable.

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He appealed to President Hakainde Hichilema and Minister of Agriculture Mtolo Phiri to ensure that the situation is resolved.

Meanwhile, Mr Nakacinda has given the new dawn government a 48-hour ultimatum to start giving out farming inputs to farmers.

“By now farmers should have farming inputs in their homes but what is being said is that they are auditing FISP,” he said.

And Shiwang’andu Member of Parliament Stephen Kampyongo said it is saddening that farmers can be subjected to such suffering.

Mr Kampyongo said farmers will lose out if the situation is not resolved.

He said the farming season is around the corner but farmers are languishing at depots.

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