SLOW distribution of farming inputs under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) in Isoka district is worrying, says Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Joyce Nsamba.
Ms. Nsamba said she was worried to find that only 12 percent of fertilizer under FISP had been distributed to farmers in the area.
Speaking when she inspected storage sheds in the district Ms. Nsamba said government was in a hurry in ensuring that all inputs for 2019/2020 farming season were delivered to farmers before the onset of the rains.
She directed Isoka district commissioner, Evenwell Mutambo and Isoka District Agriculture Co-coordinator (DACO ) Victor Siame to strictly supervise the FISP programme.
Meanwhile Mr Siame said currently 12,111 farmers had already deposited their K400 contribution towards accessing the inputs.
Mr Siame said that the district was at 99 percent in terms of deposits and so far farmers had deposited K 4, 844,400.
He urged farmers who had not yet done so to quickly make their deposits by the end of October.
Isoka has targeted 12,174 farmers to benefit from FISP during the 2019-2020 farming season.-ZANIS