By Masauso Mkwayaya-

The African Development Bank has advised the Zambian Government to allow the private sector to  manage the Farmer Input Support Programme -FISP- in order to enhance efficiency.

AfDB President AKINWUMI ADESINA says most Government  run subsidies are susceptible to inefficiencies and corruption.

Dr. ADESINA says a private sector led FISP will be demand driven and will cover more farmers.

He says part of the transformation should include biometric  registration of all farmers  so that the support is more targeted and responsive to farmers  needs.

Dr. ADESINA says a similar model which was implemented in Nigeria saw  an increase of farmers accessing  agriculture inputs from about 11-percent to over 90-percent.

The African Development Bank President said this in Lusaka during an interaction with Journalists shortly after he concluded a tour of the Lusaka Faecal Sludge Processing Plant in Matero.

Dr. ADESINA has since concluded his working visit in the country .

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