OVER 175,000 Muchinga Province farmers are expected to benefit from this year’s Farming Input Support Program compared from 85 0000 last year, says provincial agriculture coordinator Victor Mulopa.
Dr Mulopa said it was gratifying that delivery of inputs has already commenced with over 4000 metric tonnes already in stock at various distribution depots.
He said there was increased crop diversification in this year’s FISP exercise with some of them focusong on soya beans, groundnuts other than just maize.
“We have a big increment in the number of target beneficiaries from 85 000 last year to 175 000 this year.
“The region is well known for rice and beans production but we are also bringing in other crops. As you can see dversification is from the begining,” he said.
He explained that his office was already doing selections for target farmers to enable then access the inputs quickly. He appealed to chiefs, the business community and other stakeholders to help secure storage facilities in all areas to avoid loss and damage of inputs due to limited sheds.
This was in response to concerns raised by Neria Investments general manager Martin Chaikatisha who appealed for expedience in selection of target farmers because there was inadequate storage facilities for the quanties being supplied.
Mr Chaikatisha said some areas had limited space for input storage which could be considered for quick access for the farmers.
“We commit to the effective delivery to the farmers, but there is limited storage sheds. “All we have delivered and yet to is for the farmers and they need to begin collecting so that they can plan on the hecterage to plough this year,” he said.