—Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, has successfully implemented the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) for the year 2015.
Manying District Agricultural Coordinator (DACO), Francis Mwansa, told Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Manyinga today that out of 8,600 farmers in the district about 6,000 have already benefited from FISP.
Mr Mwansa said under FISP for the 2014/2015 farming season, Manyinga district received 13,000 by 50 kg bags of D-Compound and 12,000 by 50 kg bags of Urea fertilizer.
He said that the timely provision of the farming inputs will increase productivity and ensure high yields among farmers.
And Davison Shimishi, a farmer, has applauded government for the timely provision of farming inputs.
Mr Shimishi said because of improved government support to farmers, most farmers are anticipating improved productivity, high yields, food security and increased household income.
Meanwhile, Manying District Agricultural Coordinator, Francis Mwansa, has implored farmers to venture into crop diversification by keeping livestock such as cattle and chickens and growing of cash crops such as potatoes, okra, beans and sunflower among other crops.
Mr Mwansa also encouraged farmers in the district to consider venturing into dairy farming which involves the production of milk on a commercial basis.