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TALKING NOTES - FISP E-VOUCHER

 I WISH TO WELCOME YOU ALL TO THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION SHARING EVENT.  THIS BREAKFAST MEETING HAS BEEN CALLED TO SHARE INFORMATION ON PROGRESS MADE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE E-VOUCHER SYSTEM FOR THE 2017/2018 AGRICULTURAL SEASON.

 

THE KEY EXPECTED OUTCOME OF THIS BREAKFAST MEETING IS TO ENSURE THAT WE ADEQUATELY INFORM THE MEDIA FRATERNITY SO THAT IN-TURN, YOU CAN BE ABLE TO ENLIGHTEN THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE PREPARATIONS OF THE ROLL-OUT OF THE E-VOUCHER AS WELL AS ON THE EXPECTED ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE POLICY REFORMS REGARDING THE 100% ROLL-OUT OF THE E-VOUCHER SYSTEM.

 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

ALLOW ME TO BEGIN BY HIGHLIGHTING GOVERNMENT’S POLICY REGARDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF FISP STARTING THIS SEASON AND GOING FORWARD:

  1. THE FARMER INPUT SUPPORT PROGRAMME (FISP) WILL BE IMPLEMENTED THROUGH THE E-VOUCHER SYSTEM IN ALL THE 113 DISTRICTS;
  2. ONE MILLION (1,000,000) FARMERS HAVE BEEN TARGETED UNDER FISP THIS YEAR;
  3. WEATHER INDEX INSURANCE HAS BEEN INTRODUCED UNDER FISP FOR ALL BENEFICIARIES;
  4. HOUSEHOLDS THAT REQUIRE SUPPORT BUT ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNDER FISP WILL BE PUT ON EITHER THE FOOD SECURITY PACK (FSP) OR SOCIAL CASH TRANSFER; AND
  5. IN A BID TO FURTHER FOSTER GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON AGRICULTURAL DIVERSIFICATION, FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY, A PROPORTION OF 20% FROM THE K2, 000 VALUE OF THE CARD WILL HAVE TO BE APPORTIONED TOWARDS THE PRODUCTION OF ANY LEGUME OF THE FARMERS’ CHOICE.

 

ALLOW ME TO GIVE SPECIFIC DETAILS ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE E-VOUCHER PROGRAMME FOR THE 2017/2018 SEASON:

  1. FARMER REGISTRATION HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN NATIONWIDE. THIS WILL BE CONTINUED EVEN INTO NEXT YEAR UNTIL WE HAVE A UNIVERSAL, ELECTRONIC FARMER REGISTER;
  2. A LIST OF THE ELIGIBLE SMALLHOLDER FARMERS THAT WILL MAKE UP THE ONE (1) MILLION TARGETED BENEFICIARIES WILL BE FINALISED THIS WEEK.
  3. LISTS OF THE SCREENED FARMERS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO THE CONTRACTED BANKS AND OTHER SERVICE PROVIDERS WHO HAVE ALREADY STARTED PRODUCING AND DISTRIBUTING CARDS
  4. A TOTAL OF 1,200 AGRO-DEALERS HAVE BEEN REGISTERED AS INPUT SUPPLIERS FOR THE 2017/2018 AGRICULTURAL SEASON. AGRO DEALERS REGISTERED IN THE 2016/2017 SEASON WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAMME;
  5. THE PARTICIPATING BANKS INCLUDE;
  • ZANACO,
  • BARCLAYS,
  • UNITED BANK OF AFRICA (UBA),
  • BANK ABC;
  • ECO BANKS;
  • INDO ZAMBIA LTD;

THE TWO MOBILE MONEY SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE PAYCODE LTD AND MOBILE PAYMENT SOLUTIONS (MPS) LTD;

  1. THE FINANCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS WILL PROVIDE A HYBRID OF PAYMENT PLATFORMS (DIGITAL BANKING/AGENCY BANKING/MOBILE MONEY SOLUTIONS).

THESE ARE PROVEN SOLUTIONS AND THESE WILL BE MONITORED ON THE ZIAMIS BY SMART ZAMBIA INSTITUTE AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.

  1. MAYFAIR INSURANCE COMPANY LTD HAS BEEN ENGAGED TO PROVIDE WEATHER INDEX INSURANCE WHICH WILL CATER FOR THE INPUT VALUE OF ALL THE ONE (1) MILLION BENEFICIARIES;

A CATALOGUE OF ALL PARTICIPATING AGRO-DEALERS AND THE TYPE OF INPUTS THEY WILL STOCK HAS BEEN CREATED AND INTRODUCED ON THE ZAMBIA INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (ZIAMIS) PLATFORM.

 THIS SYSTEM HAS BEEN CUSTOMISED AND IS BEING DEPLOYED BY SMART ZAMBIA INSTITUTE (SZI) WITH THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT OF OUR COOPERATING PARTNERS, NOTABLY THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL ORGANIZATION.

 ALLOW ME TO UNDERSCORE THAT FISP IS DESIGNED FOR THE MARKET-ORIENTED SMALLHOLDER FARMERS AND NOT THE SUBSISTENCE FARMERS WHO IDEALLY SHOULD BENEFIT FROM THE FOOD SECURITY PACK (FSP) OR SOCIAL CASH TRANSFER PROGRAMMES THAT ARE UNDER THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL SERVICES.

 THE MINISTRY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SMART ZAMBIA INSTITUTE HAS IDENTIFIED AREAS THAT HAVE LIMITED NETWORK COVERAGE. A TOTAL OF 14 DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED TO HAVE LIMITED MOBILE PHONE NETWORK CONNECTIVITY AND THESE AREAS ARE:

PROVINCE

AFFECTED DISTRICTS

WESTERN

KALABO, SIKONGO, MITETE AND SHANGOMBO DISTRICTS

LUAPULA

LUNGA

CENTRAL

LUANO AND NGABWE DISTRICTS

NORTH WESTERN

ZAMBEZI AND IKELE’NGE

MUCHINGA

CHAMA AND MAFINGA

NORTHERN

CHILUBI, NSAMA AND KAPUTA

 

THE MINISTRY HAS CONSIDERED THE AFFECTED AREAS THROUGH THE USE OF OFFLINE APPLICATION SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED BY PAYCODE LTD AD MPS LTD SOLUTIONS. THESE COMPANIES WILL PROVIDE A COMBINATION OF ONLINE AND OFFLINE SOLUTIONS IN ORDER TO TAKE CARE OF AREAS WITH NETWORK CHALLENGES.

 I HAVE BEEN ASSURED THE MAJOR SUPPLIERS HAVE ORDERED SUFFICIENT STOCKS OF D-COMPOUND AND UREA FERTILIZERS, THE BULK OF WHICH IS ALREADY IN THE COUNTRY WITH SOME AMOUNTS STILL BEING TRANSPORTED FROM NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES.

 SEED COMPANIES HAVE EQUALLY INDICATED THAT THEY HAVE STOCKED SUFFICIENT SEED QUANTITIES FOR THE FORTH COMING SEASON.

 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I THANK YOU

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