Late inputs supply, funding negative to agro sector

FARMERS in a maize field.

ZAMBIA National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) says late distribution of inputs and delayed unlocking of Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) money is detrimental to the agriculture sector development.

Media and public relations manager Calvin Kaleyi said 15 years of implementing the FISP should be flawless but nothing is improving.

“We are calling for change to unlock agriculture financing, payment to farmers and distribution of inputs. Early implementation, unlocking of finances and payment of farmers consistently should be applied if we truly want to place agriculture as the driver of the country’s economy,” Mr Kaleyi said in response to a press query.
He said there was need to also make finance affordable for emergent and small-scale farmers, to…

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