By PETER MALASHA
Farmers in Chief Chikwanda’s area in Mpika district are appealing to government to revert to conventional system of distribution of inputs under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) unlike e-voucher system.
The farmers said the e-voucher system has brought more harm than good with regard to distribution of inputs.
In an interview with the Daily Nation, Chalwemba Primary Cooperative chairperson, Fridah Chewe said her members including herself were the victims of e-voucher system.
Ms. Chewe said despite depositing money for two farming seasons to benefit from FISP, she has never received her packs.
Ms. Chewe said the e-voucher system was full up of complications and omissions as compared to direct input supply modality.
Ms. Chewe said there was need for government through the relevant authority to consider replacing the e-voucher system with conventional system so that small-scale farmers could access subsidized inputs.
“We are appealing to government to consider reverting to the conventional system of distributing inputs under FISP unlike e-voucher system which has disadvantaged eligible farmers,” Ms. Chewe said.
And Mwaleshi Primary Cooperative chairperson, Fredrick Chimanga said though some farmers were benefiting inputs through e-voucher system, most have challenges.
Mr. Chimanga said government should look into the matter soon so as to improve the situation in the next farming season.
“We are not benefitting inputs from e-voucher system. The system has many flaws,” Mr. Chimanga said.