300 vulnerable households in Chililabombwe are poised to benefit in the 2020/2021 Food Security Pack (FSP) courtesy of the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services.
The FSP programme entails identified beneficiaries given free farming inputs and they are expected to remit recoveries after harvest whose funds are later ploughed back into projects identified in communities were the beneficiaries reside.
The 300 beneficiaries are each expected to receive two 50 kilogram (kg) bags of D-compound fertilizer, one 50 kg bag of Urea, a 10 kg bag of maize seed and a five kg bag of either beans or groundnuts seed each.
Speaking when he witnessed the flagging off of the distribution of the inputs to identified beneficiaries in various localities, Chililabombwe District Commissioner Roy Ngosa urged the beneficiaries not to fall into the temptation of selling their inputs as it is meant to uplift their livelihoods.
He reiterated government’s commitment to ensuring national food security among members of society as the reasons for timely disbursement of farming inputs to the vulnerable yet viable people who could not afford to benefit from the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).
“This is a government that cares for the vulnerable people to ensure an improvement in their lives by giving them agriculture inputs. Once they harvest, their lives will change for the better. They should not sale the inputs,” he said
The farming inputs were allocated to five sub centers among them Milyashi which accounted for 66 beneficiaries, Chinfunshi with 66 while Lubansa had 32 beneficiaries. The other sub centers include Chewe with 69 and Ming’gomba with 67 beneficiaries.
The distribution of the farming inputs under the FSP programme was preceded by community mobilization, awareness and sensitization activity carried out by the Department of Community Development.
The objective of the mobilization, awareness and sensitization activity is to ensure the community is oriented on the FSP programme and their obligations as beneficiaries as well as the promotion of nutrition using locally available foods and crops that contain vitamin A.