Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni people of Eastern Province, has praised Government for the early distribution of inputs to farmers under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).
Chief Mpenzeni notes that the early distribution of the inputs will enable even those in far flung areas where access the inputs before the road get impassable.
The Traditional Leader also observes that the Direct Input Supply System will reduce the cost of collecting inputs as Government will deliver the inputs to nearby places as opposed to driving long distances to access the inputs.
Chief Mpenzeni has appealed to Government to hasten the process of paying farmers who supplied maize to the Food Reserve Agency -FRA- last year.
He said this when Neria’s investments General Manager Martin Chaikatisha and Eastern Province Agriculture coordinator Alex Chilala paid a courtesy call on him yesterday.
The Paramount Chief says timely payment for the grain will enable the farmers prepare adequately for the 2018/19 farming season.
Earlier, Mr Chilala said Government will this year use both the E-voucher and the Direct Input Supply system where farmers will collect their inputs designated warehouses once they deposit 4- hundred Kwacha.
And Mr. Chaikatisha says his company is ready to deliver all the inputs that it was contracted to deliver on time.
Under the direct input supply system, each beneficiary farmer is receiving 3 by 50 Kilogram bags of Compound D fertilizer, 3 by 50 Kilogram bags of Urea, and one 10 Kilogram bag of maize seed.