NOMSA NKANA, Lusaka
SOME farmers in Lufwanyama have bemoaned the low participation of beneficiaries on the e-voucher programme as only 10,000 out of 23,000 will be captured in the district.
The farmers have also urged the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) to help them participate on the programme because it is going to be the first time for some to do so.
“Out of the 23,000 registered farmers, only 10,000 will be beneficiaries while the rest will have to find their own means [of securing input support],” the farmers said.
This is contained in a ZNFU weekly brief availed to the Daily Mail last week.
In addition, farmers are calling for the removal of grain levies since the prices for commodities are too low for local authorities to charge levies.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries has started vaccinating cattle against East Coast Fever in Monze to contain the outbreak of disease in the area where nine cattle have died.
And the Conservation Farming Unit (CFU), in collaboration with ZNFU Petauke office, held a workshop with emergent farmers to explain the Bunjimi Asset Plus facility.
Bunjimi Asset Plus facility loan scheme is a partnership between National Savings and Credit Bank (NATSAVE) and the ZNFU aimed at promoting access to affordable finance and equipment to small-scale farmers, among other components.
The workshop was aimed at explaining the conditions that the emergent farmers need to meet to access farming equipment such as tractors and other implements as well as the conditions from NATSAVE.