Farmers pessimistic, but Zambian government wants smooth planting season

The Zambian government is going all out to ensure a smooth 2017/’18 planting season, despite many farmers getting despondent about delayed farming inputs. Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya at the weekend said government released K1 billion of K1.7 billion to activate electronic voucher (e-voucher) cards for the Farmer Input Support Programme…

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“Zambia’s food security stable” – FEWSNET

Zambia’s food security is expected to remain stable, said the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET). According to FEWSNET, households will keep benefitting from lower staple food prices and adequate supply. “Food security in the country is generally expected to remain stable due to higher household food supply,” read the…

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Zambian treasury releases funds to avert messy planting season

The Zambian treasury has released funds in what might be a crucial step to avert problems like the payment of farmers and transporters, and the initial roll-out of the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP), under the full electronic voucher (e-voucher) payment system. The payment follows a directive by President Edgar…

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‘Planting season officially open’ – President Lungu

President Edgar Lungu officially launched the 2016/1017 planting season on Friday afternoon. He called on farmers to vary their crop choice. “I’m urging farmers across the country: Take advantage of the wider choice of crops now available to them under the Farmers’ Input Support Programme (FISP). While you re planting…

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