After wasting time and accusing civil servants and the opposition over the chaotic delivery of farming inputs, the government has now admitted that money has not been released to activate the E-vouchers.
Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Julius Shawa revealed on Thursday that his Ministry is still waiting for funding from the treasury to enable farmers to access farming inputs.
Shawa only disclosed this when he appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Estimates which was chaired by Mbala Central law maker Mwalimu Simfukwe.
He explained that a total of K420 million is needed to pay farmers under the Farmer Input Support Programme -FISP-so that their E-voucher cards can be loaded.
Shawa expressed optimism that the money will be released next week (February) so that farmers can access subsidised inputs.
He further told the Committee that his Ministry has learnt lessons from the many challenges they have encountered with the E-voucher system and will try to improve.
Recently President Lungu and his ‘absent’ Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya blamed civil servants and the opposition UPND election petition for delaying the process of distributing farming inputs yet they knew they had not released money for the same.