Lungu rings in changes at Zambian Ministry of Agriculture

Zambian Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya has been moved and replaced by Fisheries and Livestock Minister, Michael Katambo. President Edgar Lungu’s Spokesperson, Amos Chanda, announced the changes on Wednesday. Siliya has been moved to Ministry of Broadcasting and Information. She will also act as the government’s Chief Spokesperson. The incumbent, Kampamba…

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Heads to roll over delayed farm inputs in Zambia

As the outcry over delayed inputs stretched late into the planting season, Zambian Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya has warned she will dismiss officers found wanting in handling the 2017/’18 Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP). “Make no mistake, those found wanting will be dealt with. This will be the biggest dismissal…

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Some 100 000 Zambian smallholder farmers still waiting for farm inputs

More than 100 000 Zambian smallholder farmers under the government’s Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) are still in limbo. The programme, which was rolled out on a complete electronic voucher (e-voucher) payment system for the first time, targets 1 million farmers. “I have instructed the permanent secretary to ensure that…

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Syndicates divert inputs meant for vulnerable Zambian farmers – Lungu

Syndicates have diverted inputs meant for vulnerable farmers as part of the government’s Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP), said Zambian President Edgar Lungu. “I’m aware of unscrupulous people who formed cooperatives for the sole purpose of getting fertiliser which they have exported in the region,” Lungu said. Also read: Zambian president…

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