Chipata receives FISP inputs 

Chipata District has received an allocation of 41,756 x 50 kg bags of D Compound and 16,199 x 50kg bags of Urea and the distribution of the inputs to farmers is underway.

Chipata District Commissioner Elidah Banda today inspected a selected number of storage sheds to ensure that all the inputs are in the district in readiness for distribution.

Speaking during the inspection, the District Commissioner disclosed that Chipata is remaining with a balance of 9,958 x 50kg bags of D Compound and 35,515 x 50kg bags of Urea that are expected to be in the district this week.

She said the district has also said an allocation of 8,447x 10kg bags of maize seed has also been received with a balance of 8,791 x 10kg bags remaining for soya beans.

Mrs Banda said the district has received 4,310 x 25kg bags of soya beans seed and 4,310 x 25kg bags of groundnuts, while a combined balance of 8618 x 25 kg bags for the two inputs is yet to be received.

According to the District Commissioner total of 17,238 farmers in Chipata district are expected to benefit under this year’s FISP programme once all the inputs are delivered.

Meanwhile, Mrs Banda has assured farmers that all the farming inputs will be delivered on time.

She urged the distributing companies to work round the clock in order to beat the deadline of November 30, 2022 given by the Minister of Agriculture Mtolo Phiri.

“I therefore urge all the contracted companies not to work at a snail’s pace as we target to beat the November 30, 2022 deadline. We want to make sure that farmers receive the inputs on time,” she said.