Government says it intends to register about 62, 774 small scale farmers under the under the Zambia Intergrated Agriculture Information Management Service (ZIAIMS) in Monze District.
District Agriculture Coordinator Justine Ngosa told ZANIS that the programme seeks to ensure that all farmers’ details are saved in the electronic data base in an effort to improve efficiency as espoused under the smart Zambia Campaign.
Mr Ngosa said so far more than 2,000 farmers have been registered starting with farmers under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) but that the process was very slow due to internet challenges.
” We have started registering all the small scale farmers in the District in a bid to create an electronic data base that would drastically improve service delivery to farmers,” said Mr. Ngosa.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ngosa appealed to government to expedite the activation of all remaining E-cards for farmers under FISP in the District to enable them buy inputs.
Mr. Ngosa said government has maintained the 28,586 beneficiaries under the FISP in Monze District.
” We should consider ourselves luck here in Monze because government has maintained the 28,586 farmers under the FISP as it (Government) is only targeting one million farmers under the programme countrywide as opposed to previous farming seasons when the target was more than that figure,” said Mr. Ngosa.
During the 2016-2017 farming season, Monze District recorded 87,466 Metric tonnes of harvested white maize following the successful implementation of the Electronic Voucher (E-Voucher) system among the 28,586 FISP beneficiaries.