Fake agro dealers infiltrate FISP e-Voucher programme

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THE distribution of agro inputs under the Farmer Input support programme FISP using the E-voucher has been infiltrated by fake Agro dealers who are siphoning money from the government, says finance minister Margaret Mwanakatwe

Ms. Mwanakatwe said the money that the government invested in the programme was now going down the drain.

She said fake dealers were one of the reasons payments to agro dealers had delayed this season.

Ms  Mwanakatwe said this in Nakonde during a sales Tax consultative meeting where an agro dealer wanted to know when government would pay agro dealers for inputs supplied under the FISP.

She said the government had so far paid out K69 million under the E-voucher for the 2018/2019 farming season.

She however assured agro-dealers and farmers that the government will not delay the distribution of inputs under the 2019-2020 farming season.

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