KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka
OVER 600,000 smallholder farmers out of the targeted one million countrywide have had their cards uploaded with credit to enable them to access inputs under the electronic voucher system.
Government has this farming season rolled out the e-voucher system through the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP), where farmers are contributing K400 while Government is contributing K1,700 with K100 meant for weather insurance.
The development will allow farmers to access different seeds (other than maize), fertilisers, stock feeds and chemicals from agro-dealers upon presentation of the card that is redeemed when collecting the inputs.
The system is being hosted by the Electronic Government Division (Smart Zambia Institute), and participating banks, and agro-dealers are supposed to be fully integrated to the …http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/