PRP’s voucher system helps farmers

Smallholders in 32 rural districts of Zimbabwe will benefit from agricultural inputs through a Retailer Voucher System in the 2011/2012 agricultural season.

The scheme has been initiated by the Protracted Relief Programme, a social protection programme that has been operating in Zimbabwe since 2004. PRP is a multi-donor funded programme with GRM International.

It will be working with local Crown agents who will be providing procurement services. A number of development partners working with smallholder farmers in the scheme will be leading agents in the selected districts.

Vouchers will be distributed to farmers to enable them to purchase a variety of agriculturally related products of their choice. The vouchers will be redeemed electronically wherever possible. The total project cost is estimated at over $7 million.

Farmers who spoke to The Zimbabwean expressed relief and said that with the start of the rainy season, the agricultural inputs should be readily available.

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