Over 400, 000 farmers cut off from E-voucher system

By Staff Reporter

Agriculture minister Michael Katambo has announced that over 400, 000 farmers who were on the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) will be reverted to the conventional system after last farming season’s challenges with the E-voucher system. 

Katambo said farmers could now deposit their K400 counterpart funding for the 2018/2019 farming season from June 1 to august 30 this year.

“Government would procure fertilizer and assorted seed varieties for the 40 per cent affected farmers while the rest 600, 000 would continue accessing their inputs through the E-voucher system. The challenges that farmers faced in the 2017/2018 farming season was network and competence limitations in the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as well as farmers losing their cards and pins,” said Katambo.

“Other challenges were delays in card loading, complications in deposit capture as well as limited number of members of staff to attend to farmers.”