The Zimbabwe Fertiliser Company (ZFC) claims that it was overlooked by the government when it sought for a fertiliser supplier for the Presidential Input Scheme despite being owned 50% by the government of Zimbabwe.
This came out when ZFC managing director Richard Dafana appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlements, during a tour on the company’s Aspendale Plant. He said:
We did not see the tender, we knocked on government doors trying to understand what was going to happen to the Presidential Input Scheme but they said they were not the ones who are responsible.
We have knocked on all doors and so as we stand here I cannot tell you who the contracting part is because I don’t know but government owns ZFC 50 % we can give you all the documents that show you that Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) own 50% and when we opened this new plant, the Minister he acknowledged that indeed government owns 50%.
The government has become the major fertiliser buyer in the country because of its various agricultural schemes such as Command Agriculture and the Presidential Input Scheme.
Fertiliser Seed Grain (FSG) was awarded a contract by the government to supply fertiliser for its programmes.