-The district administration in Kalomo has
urged farmers to desist from making last minute decisions to prepare
for their agriculture activities as this contributes to food insecurity.
District administrative officer, Justus Phiri made the remarks
yesterday in Siachitema where he urged farmers to register themselves
with agriculture camp extension officers who are currently
compiling farmers’ registers to benefit in the 2012/13 government
subsidized inputs which would be through an e- voucher system as
compared to the previous cooperative operated mode.
Earlier during the district development coordinating committee (DDCC)
meeting, district agriculture coordinator, Dr. Max Choombe said all
the inputs in this Fertiliser Input Support Programme (FISP) season
would be strictly by an e- voucher, a modality where farmers would be
given a kind of an electronic printed cheque to draw their inputs from
any of the would be registered agents.
And Phiri has called on the womenfolk to form clubs for them to access
various incentives that government has put in place in order to uplift
He said the district has been directed to explain why the women and youth clubs
have failed to fully ultilise the available resources which government has availed to them .
Only one youth group in Kalomo got K50 million ( KR 50,000) through the
youth empowerment fund, attributing the development to most youth
groups not meeting the laid down procedures for their membership as most members were 35
years and above while the submitted project proposals failed to meet the required standards.
“If this year we fail, do not blame us because we have told you, it is
like when government brings you a health facility and you do not want
to use it, we will take it somewhere where people needs its service,”