ABOUT 79,567 farmers in North-Western province are expected to receive support from government under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) for the 2016/2017 farming season, North-Western province minister Danny Chingimbu has said.
Speaking at the 55th provincial Agriculture, Mining, Industrial and Commercial Show in Solwezi, Mr Chingimbu said the province had allocated about 57,679 packs of farm inputs.
He said this in a speech read for him by Solwezi district commissioner Rose Kamalonga.
Mr Chingimbu said government wanted to increase productivity and ensure that every household was food secure.
He also revealed that about 21, 888 farmers in Mwinilunga and Solwezi were targeted to benefit under the electronic voucher system.
“We will continue supporting farmers through various programmes such as FISP which has been broadened by including other crops such as rice, oranges, soya beans among others,” Mr Chingimbu said.
He also said North-Western Province had been allocated 43, 542 packs of maize, 2, 000 rice, 7, 060 groundnuts, 1, 236 orange maize, 1, 380 soya beans, 921 common beans and 1, 540 sunflower.
Earlier, North-Western provincial Show Society chairperson Amos Watambwa thanked government for increasing the maize floor price from K75 to K 85 per 50 kilogramme bag of white maize.
“Let me take this opportunity on behalf of the farmers in the province to thank the PF government under the able leadership of President Edgar Lungu for looking into the plight of the farmers by increasing the maize floor price. This move will not only financially empower farmers but also encourage them to increase their fields,” Mr Watambwa said.
This year’s show was held under the theme; ‘Managing the Environment for Growth’.