Katuba Member of Parliament Patricia Mwashingwele has branded the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) a failed project because Government lacks the capacity to handle it.
In an interview with Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde, Mwashingwele bemoaned the failure by Government to empower some farmers in her constituency through the E-Voucher System as their electronic cards have been inactive since last farming season hence meaning their cards should be loaded twice.
She has since braved the Ministry of Agriculture to immediately activate all electronic cards for the 2015 and 2016 farming seasons for registered beneficiaries in her constituency.
“Am very annoyed because this programme has not benefited the farmers in my constituency” Mwashingwele said
Mwashingwele has urged government to stop raising farmers’ hopes that they shall receive the inputs soon when it has no capacity.
“Government should not think it is doing farmers a favour, it is their responsibility” she said
Recently President Edgar Lungu also expressed disappointment with the way the E-Voucher system was being handled.