Another FISP scam exposed

In the latest FISP scam scores of agriculture extension officers are allegedly selling yet to be released Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) electronic voucher (e-voucher) cards for the 2017/2018 farming season. Zambia National Association for Youth in Agriculture (ZNAYAD) president Lazarous Mulenga told local media the alleged practice of selling…

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‘Farmers will dump maize next season’ – ZNFU

Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) president Jervis Zimba is cautioning that farmers will dump maize cultivation in the next farming season. His warning comes as the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) insists that its offer of K60/50kg for maize is final. “This will have dire consequences for national food security as…

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Zambian government beefs up agriculture extension services

Government is recruiting 472 more officers to boost its agriculture extension services, says Agriculture Permanent Secretary Julius Shawa. Shawa says improving inadequate staffing levels in various districts will expand agricultural extension services and help drive diversified growth. “Staffing levels are poor, with one camp officer attending to 1 000 farmers,”…

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Zambian government cuts 20 000 ghost farmers from FISP

The Ministry of Agriculture removed 20 000 so-called ghost farmers from the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) to eliminate malpractices. “Most of the people who benefit from FISP are not farmers, and this exercise is to ensure the programme benefits the intended smallholder farmers,” said Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya. Siliya…

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