Written by on August 16, 2019

ABOUT 4,000 farmers in Chienge are expected to benefit from the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) during the 2019/2020 farming season.

Chienge District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) for the Economic Diversification and Job Creation subcommittee Sunday Kunda said government was this week expected to start distribution of inputs in the area.

ZANIS reports that the development came to light during the Chienge District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) meeting held in the Council Chamber recently.

The meeting was told that Government had allocated 14,000 by 50 Kilograms bags of D compound fertiliser and 14,000 by 50 Kilogram bags of Urea fertiliser for distribution in the district in the coming farming Season.

 Mr Kunda also said that the Ministry of Agriculture in the District had completed the distribution of carryover stocks of inputs from the 2018/2019 farming season to farmers who had deposited their K400 contributions but did not receive their inputs.

 The sub-committee Chairperson, who is Chienge District Agriculture Coordinator (DACO), explained that some farmers did not receive their inputs in the last farming season after failing to redeem their vouchers because of having worn out bank deposit slips which were impossible to read.  He was however  quick to say the affected farmers had since been given 879 by 50 Kilogram bags of urea fertiliser, 50 Kilogram bags of D compound fertiliser, 188 by 10 Kilogram bags of assorted maize Seeds, and 200 by 5 Kilogram bags of sorghum

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