The Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) must be abolished to enhance commercial agriculture which has high productivity and capacity to create jobs, says former Transport and Communication Deputy Minister Alfred Ndhlovu.
He said that was so because poverty could not end as the system had enslaved the people who were waiting for the support.
Mr Ndhlovu said Zambia must practice commercial farming which could boost the economy of the country and address the issue of unemployment in the country.
“FISP must be abolished because beneficiaries are too dependent and this cannot improve the agriculture sector as much as the country wants to boost the economy by prioritizing the farming,” he said.
Mr Ndhlovu said Zambia should run-away from the dependence syndrome and start to look at measures that would be adapted, to better the country’s way of doing things.
He said poverty had continued to be the greatest challenge Zambia was facing today.
Mr Ndhlovu said since highest levels of poverty were in the rural areas, agriculture should be identified to be a source of income for most rural communities.
He said it was only through commercial farming that the livelihood of the people would be improved, adding that FISP had in some ways contributed to rural poverty.