Posted by Benson on January 22, 2018

 

The FISP e-voucher collection of K400 from farmers closed today with government promising a comprehensive review of the program in March.

By Tuesday 16th January 2018, a total of 700, 000 farmers had been captured on the FISP e-voucher. However, the farmers that had activated and redeemed inputs totalled 575, 617.

Government pledged to capture 87% of farmers by Friday 19th January 2018.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Julius Shawa said the Ministry of Finance has to date released a total of K1.149 billion for the programme, of which K989.3 million has been disbursed to the six banks and 2 other financial institutions servicing farmers under the FISP e voucher programme.

Mr. Shawa said the programme, which had been rolled out 100%, had challenges which included; delays and non-delivery of cards, delays in loading processes, ICT challenges (Muchinga, NorthWestern and Western Provinces), delays by banks in loading counter deposits by government, low number of staffing attending to farmers, farmers not approved list also making deposits, wrong NRCs and duplication of NRCs, lost cards and forgotten PIN codes, incompetent point of sale operators and challenges with cards distribution.

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