By Chileshe Mwango
Agriculture Minister Reuben Mtolo says serious scrutiny of beneficiaries of the Farmer Input Support Programme -FISP- in the 2022/2023 farming season will be conducted.
Speaking when he flagged off the national input distribution for this year’s farming season in Lusaka today, Mr. Mtolo said government wants to ensure only 1,024,434 vulnerable but viable farmers get the inputs.
And Mr. Mtolo has challenged United Capital Fertilizer, the company that has been contracted to supply inputs to 4 provinces to make their prices affordable for the farmer.
He says he does not expect the company to sale their fertilizer at as high as the imported commodity but that it should be a price leader for the country and result in high productivity.
Meanwhile, United Capital Fertilizer Board Chairperson Chance Kabaghe says Zambia will not need to import fertilizer once construction of phase 3 of the company is completed.