Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo, said the captured farmers are those who deposited their 400 kwacha contribution.
Katambo said redeeming of inputs has progressed well with 382,989 farmers from the districts that are under the direct input supply and 435,854 farmers have managed to do so through the card less electronic modality through agro dealers bringing the total to 818,843 representing 86 percent farmers that have responded.
He said a total of 1.02 billion Kwacha required for agro dealers, the Ministry has paid invoices amounting to 327.6 Million Kwacha further adding invoices of 423.6 million Kwacha are currently processed for payment by the treasury.
The ministry will close the accepting of farmer deposits for the K400 farmer contribution at the close of business on Monday 7th January, 2019.
And Katambo said that the Ministry will now deal with ensuring that all farmers that have made their 400 contribution deposits access their inputs so that the country’s households and national food security is assured.