Chipata, October 16, 2019, ZANIS---More than 4,000 farmers in Chipata district in Eastern province have been given their Authority To Collect (ATCs) receipts for collecting farming inputs under the Farmers Input Support Programme (FISP) ahead of the 2019/2020 farming season.

Acting Chipata district agriculture coordinator Michael Zulu says his office started to issue the ATCs yesterday to the farmers adding that Neria Investments is at the sheds and ready to handout the inputs.

ZANIS reports that Mr Zulu saying in an interview today that 4,800 out of the 18,630 farmers that had made deposits in the district have gone in the system to receive the inputs.

The remaining 13,830 farmers are scheduled to receive their inputs by the end of October because the whole process has started very early.

Mr Zulu added that the only challenge is with the Zambia Integrated Agriculture Management Information System (ZIAMIS) network which often cutting off thereby delaying the process.

He appealed to ZIAMIS in Lusaka to rectify the problem so that the farmers may be attended to effectively.

And Mr Zulu said the district has receive less legume seeds to give to the farmers and management has decided to start distributing the maize seed has been received in full.

He said the for  maize pack the farmers will receive three by 50 kg bags of D Compound and three by  50 kilogrammes of Urea.

Mr Zulu said the farmers must exercise some patience adding that when the legumes seeds have been received in full from Lusaka, they will be given their legume packs for either sorghum, soya bean and groundnuts and fertilizers.

Meanwhile, Grace Phiri, a farmer from Katopola area in Chipata district commended government for starting to distribute the inputs early this farming season.

Ms Phiri said government is working hard to ensure that it improves the lives of rural farmers through FISP.