E-voucher system holds potential to create agri jobs in Zambia – IAPRI

The full migration to electronic voucher (e-voucher) payment systems for the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) will create 3 000 new jobs for agro dealers, says the Indaba Agricultural Research Policy Institute (IAPRI). The institute says more indirect jobs, especially in the banking and transport sector, will be created. “The…

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More women to get farming inputs – Zambian agriculture minister

The Zambian government has introduced a gender quota of 45% women for this year’s Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP), said Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya. Local media reports Siliya said the move is in line with government’s plan for economic diversification. “Government wants gender quality in its development agenda and will…

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Thousands cut from FISP before new farming season starts on September 1

The Zambian government has pruned 600 000 beneficiaries from its Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP), while it announced the beginning of this years’ farming season as September 1. According to local media reports, Zambian Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya said the reduction is the result of effective targeting of intended beneficiaries…

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Preparations hot up for full-scale rollout of e-vouchers

Banks, the main conduit for the full-scale rollout of the electronic voucher (e-voucher) payment system for Zambia’s Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP), have printed more than 500 000 cards for farmers. A survey by Africanfarming.com showed nearly all major retail banks are well ahead with the preparation of cards which…

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