‘Start planning for 2016-17 E-vouchers’

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THE Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) has urged Government to begin planning for the implementation of the E-voucher system in preparation for the 2016/17 farming season to enable farmers access inputs on time.
PMRC researcher Miselo Bwalya said the late timing in the implementation of the E-voucher system has been the most challenging part, hence the need for early planning.
This was when Mr Bwalya appeared before a Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture chaired by Rufunsa member of Parliament Kenneth Chipungu.
“If planning was to start early, it would help mitigate past experienced challenges ranging from failure to access inputs via E-voucher as some areas have network problems, transport and late delivery of inputs. Consultative official meetings should be held from all the 13 districts where the system has been implemented,” Mr Bwalya said.
The meetings will enable the sharing of experiences and lessons learnt to improve the implementation of the E-voucher for the coming farming season.
He said early planning will also help agro dealers prepare for electronic machines where farmers are expected to transact from.
Mr Bwalya said Government and stakeholders should take advantage of the national and community media platforms to enhance public awareness on the E-voucher system so that farmers and local communities in all parts of the country fully understand the initiative.

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