Mr Sichinga says the total value of purchased maize stands at K529.25 million.
He also acknowledged that government has exceeded its 14-days deadline within which to pay farmers after delivery of their produce.
Mr Sichinga says government is aware that delay in paying farmers is a legitimate concern, the reason why it is working tirelessly to ensure the continued flow of funding towards the payment of farmers.
And Mr Sichinga says the ministry of Agriculture will use the current Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) system for the distribution of inputs to farmers for the 2013/2014 farming season.
He says this will be done in order to avoid threatening the country’s food security.
Mr Sichinga says the 2013/2014 season will be used as a transitional phase when preparations for the implementation of the E-Voucher will be completed.