Choma PF calls for probe of farm input programme

Maize field farm.

THE Patriotic Front (PF) in Choma has appealed to Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Given Lubinda to investigate allegations of Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) supplies being distributed to bogus co-operatives.
PF Choma district vice-chairperson Kebby Mbewe is concerned that some people are allegedly dubiously accessing FISP packs at the expense of genuinely registered farmers, most of whom are impoverished and vulnerable.
Mr Mbewe said people are operating fake co-operatives and dubiously accessing farm supplies under FISP.
He appealed to Mr Lubinda to institute investigations into the matter before Government starts distributing farm inputs for this year’s farming season.
“We have taken note of some unscrupulous people who are creating co-operatives, mostly family members, and they are dubiously accessing inputs under FISP, meaning the genuine registered FISP recipients are being deprived and fake co-operative owners are benefiting,” Mr Mbewe said.
He said some of the dubiously sourced inputs are resold to peasant farmers at exorbitant prices.
Mr Mbewe has also urged Mr Lubinda to investigate how the Food Reserve Agency awards contracts for the transportation of maize from depots.
Mr Mbewe also urged citizens to support President Lungu in his quest to deliver development to all parts of the country.

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