Press Statement/E-Voucher – Towards A Climate Change Responsive E-Voucher Programme
On Thursday 3rd May, 2018 the Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) launched its findings on a study focusing on the implementation of e-Voucher Programme in the 2017/2018 farming season. The key changes to the program included the establishment of a consolidated and harmonized National Database of Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) beneficiaries which enhanced beneficiary verification and tracking resulting in the elimination of non-existent and duplicate farmers.
Further, there is change allowed for the tracking of all FISP transactions including payments in real-time. Key findings of the study relating to challenges experienced during the implementation of the programme included; Late commencement of the programme, Inadequate funds for programme sensitization, monitoring and implementation, delayed activations and uploading of farmers cards, lack of physical presence by contracted banks in some districts and the failure by Agro dealers to transact through the newly introduced system.