52,000 farmers sign for E-voucher


MORE than 52,000 farmers on the Copperbelt have been allocated electronic voucher (E voucher) cards for the 2016/2017 farming season, theĀ  Ministry of Agriculture has disclosed.

And under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP), the province has received D-Compound fertilizer amounting to 103,981 by 50 kg bags.

Provincial agricultural coordinating officer (PACO) Dr. Obvious Kabinda disclosed that the beneficiaries were from six districts.

Dr. Kabinda said Chingola district has so far received the highest number of E-voucher beneficiaries whose total is 9, 099 followed by Chililabombwe which has 9, 016 beneficiaries.

Kitwe and Luanshya have 9, 021 beneficiaries respectively while Ndola has 8, 609 with Mufulira having and 442 beneficiaries.

He explained that his office has since distributed fertilizer to all the six districts which receive E-voucher cards and it is expected that beneficiaries have begun collecting their cards.

He stated that the four other districts in the province not receiving E-voucher cards – Kalulushi, Lufwanyama, Masaiti and Mpongwe – are receiving inputs under the Fertilizer Input Support Programme (FISP).

He said Mpongwe District has received the highest number of inputs amounting to 132,367 x 50kg bags while Masaiti has received 98,766 x 50kg bags of fertilizer with Lufwanyama having received 89,225 x 50kg bags of fertilizer and 38,437 bags allocated to Kalulushi.

He added that 171,353 by 50Kg bags of Urea with 76,839 by 10Kg bags of maize seed and 4,340 by 10 kg bags of orange maize have been received.

Dr. Kabinda said others include 7,620 by 5kg bags of sorghum seed, soya beans, beans, sunflower and groundnuts have so far been received.