Farmers who benefit from the Farmers Input Support Programme (FISP) in Chinsali district have started redeeming their inputs for the 2022/2023 farming season.
A check at various sheds in the district this morning found farmers collecting their farming packs for the current rain season.
Chinsali District Agriculture Coordinator (DACO), Francis Mbati, said the district has so far received 504 metric tons of D-compound and 99 metric tons of Urea fertilisers.
Mr Mbati added that the district has also received 66.83 metric tons of maize seed and 31 metric tons of groundnut seed.
“We are happy that the district has received at least part of its farming inputs allocation for this season,” he said.
He said he is hopeful that all farming inputs will soon arrive in the district and be distributed to the beneficiaries in the quickest possible time.
“Trucks ferrying the remaining inputs are already on their way, which gives us hope and a clear indicator that farmers will get their farming packs meant for each one hence they should not share the packs,” he added.
Mr Mbati has since assured farmers that they will receive their full packs for the 2022/2023 farming season.
Meanwhile, some farmers have expressed happiness that some inputs have arrived and are being distributed.
Kasubula Cooperative Secretary, Augustine Mulenga, has thanked government for ensuring that farming inputs are in the district.
Mr. Mulenga said the commencement of inputs distribution means a lot to the small scale farmers in the area who can now cultivate their fields and plant crops.
“On behalf of my cooperative, I am very happy that we have finally gotten all our packs under this season which include three basal dressing fertiliser ,three top dressing fertiliser and seeds following our successful payment of K400 per cooperative member,” he said.
Mr. Mulenga has since appealed to government to increase the number of beneficiaries on the FISP programme to include other vulnerable but viable households.
And another farmer, Ireen Bwalya of Muswema Cooperative said she is now relieved after receiving inputs.
Ms Bwalya said she would not have managed to buy farming inputs which are expensive.
Ms. Bwalya says the programme gives vulnerable but viable farmers an opportunity to participate in the farming season and contribute to national food security.
“I am delighted with the distribution of inputs and we will now plant our crops knowing very well that we have all that it takes to produce good yields and contribute to the national food basket,” she adds.
And a check at Zambezi Seed Company Limited found that a total of 2,540 bags of maize seed weighing 10 kilograms each are being collected by farmers.