Farmers storm DC’s office to demand Farming Inputs due in December

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Over Two Hundred Farmers in Kasempa district yesterday stormed the office of the District Commissioner (DC) demanding for their farming inputs under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) which they were expected to collect by December 2017.

The farmers who had deposited their money to pay code by 13th December 2017, claim their money has not reflected in the system hence, have not been able to collect their inputs from the agro dealers.

Some farmers talked to by ZANIS claim to have given K400 to pay code but were not given any form receipt as proof of their payments.

Speaking on behalf of the farmers Tony Sopasopa a farmer from Kalombe complained bitterly over the inconveniences caused by Pay code not depositing the money into the FISP account.

He angrily said farmers have suffered due to the delay in accessing their farming inputs and have wasted a lot of money on transport as they come to check on their payment from the District Agricultural Office since December 2017.

And addressing the farmers, Kasempa DC Goodson Sansankuwa asked for time in order to solve the situation together with the Ministry of Agriculture.

He said he is working at indentifying the problem and advised the farmers to wait patiently as he is consulting with other government departments.

Mr. Sansakuwa said government regrets the inconveniences caused to the farmers who have been spending nights in the cold as they wait to get farming inputs under FISP.

Over 200 farmers that paid their money through the E-Voucher System as at December 13th, 2017 have not yet collected their farming inputs due to irregularities with the Pay code system.

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  1. Without shame he is telling the poor farmers to be patient and yet the planting period is almost over. These rodents are mentally challenged indeed.

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  2. When we are short of food they will blame the drought. Truth is probably that there isnt enough funds in treasury to pay for inputs and dfor FRA to pay its debts. The slogan of pf. The pro poor party seems to be misplaced

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  3. Government, just close fisp. Reduce cost of means of production that is fuel, electricity and other fees like tollgates, taxes. Farmers will buy inputs for themselves.

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