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President Lungu Flags Of FISP For 2020/2021 Season, 10 September, 2020

President Edgar Lungu flagged off Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) implementation for the 2020/2021 farming season.The event was held at Chipembi College of Agriculture in Chisamba district. President Lungu said Government appreciated the contribution of the traditional leadership to the governance system and urged area Member of Parliament to cooperate with Government to see more developments in the area.
Speaking on the same event, CHIEF Chamuka of the Lenje speaking people told farmers benefiting from Government’s Input Support Programme (FISP) to sell maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) to guarantee national food security.
He said it was important for Government to establish reasons why most farmers had been opting to sell their maize to private buyers.
One of the reasons the chief cited was due to delay by FRA in payments compared to the private buyers.
Chief Chamuka disclosed that 17, 236 farmers in his chiefdom were registered and out of which 12, 480 would benefit from this year’s FISP facility.
He said the number of registered farmers group were 491 and that 389 would benefit from the FISP while 93 groups were left out.
The traditional leader,, called on President Lungu to intervene so that those left out could be added.
He was happy that Government had started distributing the inputs early and that farmers should quickly deposit their K400 contributions.
Chief Chamuka however called on President Lungu to ensure that Government addressed the challenges such as upgrading the Chisamba-Chipembi road.
He also said some areas needed health post, upgrading of schools and police posts

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