The Ministry of Community Development in Ndola has announced that it has already received seed for the 2019/2020 farming season under the Farmer Input Support programe (FISP) programme.

ZANIS reports that Ndola District Community Development Officer Martha Hilweele revealed this during a District Food Security Committee meeting.

Mrs Hilweele said her office has received 310 x 10kg of maize seed and D Compound fertilizer which is safely being kept in the store room.

She further said her office is currently engaging distributors so that they can start the deliveries in all the identified areas in the district.

She added that looking at the storage space that is available, there is need for deliveries of the packs to the beneficiaries to commence as soon as possible.

She added that for a start the distributions will commence with the seed and the fertilizer that is already in the district.

This year the programme has attracted a total of 310 beneficiaries who will each receive a pack containing one bag of urea, 2 bags D Compound, 10kg Maize seed and 10kg of Legumes.

Government introduced the Fertiliser Support Programme (FSP) in 2002, later renamed FISP in order to counter challenges that farmers face. FISP is a government subsidy, aimed at increasing the supply of agricultural inputs to small-scale farmers and contribute to increased household food security and income.

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