Over 12,000 small scale farmers in Kawambwa District have deposited their K400 contributions for the 2020/2021 agricultural inputs under the farmer input support programme (FISP).
And the district has also received agricultural farming inputs of fertiliser and seed with some balances remaining to be delivered.
Acting District Agricultural Coordinator, Steven Musonda told ZANIS that out of the 12, 500 target beneficiaries for the district, 12,114 farmers had made their bank deposits by Friday last week.
Mr. Musonda thanked government for easing the mode of making deposits as farmers no longer have to queue at the bank but are able to deposit through mobile money agents.
“This arrangement by government to allow farmers to also make their deposits through mobile money agents has worked well for the farmers who do not have to wait for working days to make their deposits at the bank but can do so even at weekends,” he said.
Mr Musonda also disclosed that the district has so far received 14,480 and 5,660 by 50 kilogramme bags of D. Compound and Urea fertilisers out of 56,000 and 42,000 district allocation respectively.
Mr. Musonda further said out of 12,500 maize seed allocation, the district has received almost all the allocation with the balance of only 2,400 by 10 kilogramme yet to be delivered.
He said ETG the company contracted to Supply fertilizer would have continued to bring in the allocated inputs but has a challenge of storage.
Farmers in the district are expected to receive farming inputs of fertiliser and maize seed with additional either sorghum, groundnuts or soya beans as a package.