Agriculture Minister admits FISP facing challenges

Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Dr Allan Chiyembekeza on Tuesday admitted   that Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP)  is progressing well despite facing huge challenges.

Chiyembekeza addressing journalists on progress of FISP

Chiyembekeza addressing journalists on progress of FISP

Fertiliser in the warehouse

Fertiliser in the warehouse

This claim by Chyembekeza comes hot amid complaints from various stakeholders that the programme has started late.

Addressing journalists on present status of implementation of 2015/16 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) for the 2015/2016 fiscal year, Chiyembekeza said a total of 21 companies have been awarded contracts to uplift fertiliser for the 2015/2016 FISP.

Some of the companies which have been awarded with contracts to supply fertiliser include; Mulli Brothers, Transglobe, Paramount Holdings, Optichem, Sealand, Farm Chem, Hardware Shoppings, Xelite, KU Distributors, Khrish Trading.

While some of companies awarded to supply seeds include; Peacock Seeds, Demeter, AISAM, Pannar.

Chiyembekeza said, 1.5 Million beneficiaries are being targeted this year while 150,000 Metric Tonnes of fertilizer is being accessed  (75,000 Metric Tonnes  NPK and 75,000 Metric Tonnes of  Urea).

“Over 3,000 Metric Tonnes  legume seeds (Soya Bean, Beans, Ground nuts, Cowpeas and Pigeon Peas) are being accessed in 2015/2016 season.” Said Chiyembekeza.

Chiyembekeza said each beneficiary has been issued with coupons to access 50 Kg bag of NPK, 50 Kg bag of Urea, 5 Kg pack of either hybrid or OPV maize seed and 2Kg /3 Kg pack of legume seed.

The Minister highlighted that Farmers are contributing a total of MK9,000 thus: MK3,500 per 50 Kg bag of NPK fertilizer ; MK 3,500 Urea bag; MK1500 for maize seed;  and MK500  for a Legume Seed Pack.

Chiyembekeza asked Malawians to report all malpractice in all selling points because the programme has improved the food self-sufficiency of the country since  its inception  in 2005/06 and “It would be improper for some people to derail the programme.”

Accoridng to the minister, a total of 150,000 MT of fertilizer is being accessed by the farmers with the following arrangements: 38,600 MT is being retailed by the Private Sector under the FISP Reform Pilot 111,400 Metric Tonnes  is being retailed by ADMARC and Smallholder  Farmers Fertilizer Revolving Fund (SFFRM)  through the Normal FISP as in the previous seasons..

Chiyembekeza said fertilizer distribution have started in all the three regions of the country.

“The fertilizer uplifts that I have presented do not include the fertilizer that is being retailed in the pilot districts by the private companies. A mechanism has been put in place to track the quantity of fertilizer that is being retailed by the private companies and data will be presented to you shortly.

“Therefore, the fertilizer uplifts are slightly above the indicated figures if the uplifts by the private companies were also included,” said chiyembekeza.

The Minister said that despite the programme starting late due to other logistical problems, Chiyembekeza,  assure the nation that the programme is on course and that all the inputs targeted under the Programme will reach the intended beneficiaries in relatively good time and in right quality and quantity.

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Hildegarde
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Mkwapu
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MA MP ANAKUUZA IWE CHIYEMBEKEZA
U R THE WORST MUNISTER OF AGRICULTURE IN MALAWI EVER

Ppuunnaa
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Koma Nchifukwa Chani Kuno Ku Phalombe Fertilizer Sakubwera Wokwanira? MONGA Pa Mitekete School Fertilizer Ngakhale Oti Azigulisa Sanafike, Ngakhale Kuli Kwawo Kwa Mp Wa Phalombe North.

KAJIRERE
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We people in bangwe we are puzzled the way fertiliser is being given to beneficiaries,because its only DPP supporters who are receiving fertiliser imagine one person having more than 10 bags,

Zambulo
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This is easy money for fertiliser companies. They manipulate prices. Check on the internet the cost of fertiliser and see how much they are charging government. The price is three times as much.

Zambulo
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Please leave out the private sector from supplying fertiliser. Procure it directly from the suppliers. Why use middlemen. They are milking you. Why don’t you listen? This is also fueling corruption. Who does not know what goes on behind the scenes?
And you have the audacity to tell us that you are fighting corruption.
The same companies are awarded contracts with Mulli being high on the list.

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