Government has accused some members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of going round telling farmers to shun the recently launched E-voucher system because it is allegedly linked to Satanism.
Agriculture Deputy Minister Maxas Ngonga said in an interview that the Ministry has received disturbed information that some farmers who are on the E-Voucher scheme in Central Province have been told to abandon it as it is satanic.
Mr Ngonga said his recent tour of the Central Province also confirmed that some SDA members are going round villagers in Chibombo and Chisamba telling farmers that the E-Voucher is part of the prophecy found in the book of Revelations.
‘It is very discouraging that as Government we are working hard to introduce systems to improve our agriculture system but our friends in the SDA community are working to undo such works,’ Mr Ngonga said.
He added, ‘These are just misconceptions. They are telling people that the E-Voucher card is part of the 666 prophecy in the Bible but as Government we are saying the E-Voucher card is just like any other Visa card, Government loads money on the card and the farmer uses it to access farming inputs.’
Mr Ngonga feared that failure to appreciate the use of technology by farmers will make it difficult for Government to improve the agriculture sector.