The Ministry of Agriculture has assured farmers participating in the Farmer Input Support Programme -FISP- that government will soon release funds to enable farmers access inputs for the 2018/2019 farming season.
Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo has since called on farmers participating in the FISP programme not to relent but to make their 400 Kwacha contributions to the banks in readiness for collection of inputs.
Mr. Katambo says the ground work to enable farmers access the inputs have been complete.
He says cleaning up of the beneficiary farmer database on the Zambia Integrated Agricultural information System -ZIAMIS- and the re-allocation of banks and other service providers in districts to avoid proxy banking has also been addressed.
Mr. Katambo was speaking in an interview in Lusaka today.
Meanwhile, Mr. Katambo has called on all District Agricultural Coordinators in the country to provide guidance to FISP farmer beneficiaries on where they should go and make deposits for their contribution.