By PETER MALASHA
WE are appealing to Government not to wean beneficiaries of the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) this year but next year, two Mkushi headmen have said.
Headman Robert Musonda and Gonerry Machasa said in separate interviews that government should seriously look into this matter.
They said Government should consider extending the benefitting period by one year so that those who have clocked three years should be weaned next year.
They noted that inputs were delivered late last farming season and that this had affected the crop yield for most farmers.
The headmen said there were still some farmers who had not collected their inputs, saying this had contributed to the prevailing hunger situation.
“We are appealing to Government to extend the benefitting period to next year for those beneficiaries who have reached three years to compensate the loss suffered during the previous farming season,” said headman Musonda.
The two headmen thanked the government for FISP which they said had helped small scale farmers to grow food for consumption and for selling.
The headmen thanked President Edgar Lungu for remaining committed to enhancing agriculture productivity in the country.