The Kalondolondo Project has expressed satisfaction over the implementation of Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) for 2012 to 2013 season carried out in Mchinji district.
Kalondolondo is a consortium of three organisation, Plan International, Action aid and Council for Non Governmental Organisation (CONGOMA) with funding from UKaid.
Kalondolondo Project Manager Jephta Mwanza was speaking during an interface meeting held in Mchinji recently that from the results of the findings carried by the Malawi Centre for Advice, Research and Education on Rights (CARER), Mchinji could be the model district in thi year’s FISP program.
“There is tremendous improvement in the delivery of the program compared to the previous years which will lead to drastic improvement of people’s livelihood,” he said.
He added that people have expectations of harvesting more maize and other crops this year because of good delivery of service.According to Malawi CARER District Coordinator Felix Katemula, the district has improved in areas like access to market centres, security of beneficiaries at the selling points, conduct of officials, price of inputs, timelines in delivery, identification criteria and transparency in selection of beneficiaries among others.
“This is the best year the district has experienced excelllent service delivery of the agriculture like the FISP program,” he said.
Katemula bemoaned lack of education on policies and procedurers by community members in relation to FISP.”Problems arise due to lack of understanding of aims and objectives of this program.”
Meanwhile, Katemula commended Police in Mchinji “on the big role they have played to ensure that security was available during the distribution of coupons and also buying season.”
Concurring with Katemula, team leader for central region Malawi Police Service Subsidy programme monitoring team, Lovemore Mwabumba said Mchinji has proven to be the best in tightening security and ensuring that FISP reaches the right beneficiaries.
He, however, said although the district has done well it still registered some cases concerning malpractices of which some have been dealt with already and others are still in court.
“In Mchinji only four cases have been reported during this 2012/2013 season. This is quite minimal compared to last year,” Mwabumba said.
Officer-In-Charge for Mchinji police station, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lexa Chalera contributed the success to good coordination between the police and communities.
“We couldn’t have reached this far on our own. The communities also contributed a lot for us to achieve this and we are striving to reach 100 percent,” Chalera said.—(Additional reporting by Enelless Nyale, Malawi News Agency)Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :