Local suppliers cry foul over fertilizer contracts

Local suppliers have expressed concern over Malawi government’s decision to award large quantity of contracts of supplying fertilizer for  Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP)  to suppliers of Asian origin.

 Mulli: Among local suppliers

Mulli: Among local suppliers

One of the concerned local supplier told Nyasa Times in Lilongwe that many local suppliers have been left out without considering them in supplying a commodity meant for this year’s subsidy.

“There are very few local suppliers who have been awarded the contracts of supplying the inputs but in very small quantities compared to our Asian friends,” he said.

Some locals include Mulli Brothers who has been given to supply to Chirimba Depot about 2000 metric tonnes of fertilizers while others were given as much as 8,000 metric tonnes.

He said, they are surprised with the way contracts of supplying the inputs were awarded leaving a large group of locals who have the commodity in stock and in large quantity in their warehouses.

However, the fertilizer contracts were awarded to among others Krish Trading-8,000 metric tonnes, Paramount Hodings-8,000 metric tonnes, Hardware Shopping Centre-7000 mt, RTM Initiative-8000mt, Sealand Investments-1000mt.

Malawi Government is implementing reforms to make the Fisp more efficient and effective such as the privatisation of procurement and distribution of fertiliser and seeds under the subsidy program.

Minister of Agriculture Allan Chiyembekeza announced that each farmer will have to contribute K3500 ($7) per bag of fertilizer, up from K500 in the 2015/16 growing season.

A 5kgs bag of maize seed will now be sold at K1000 ($2) from K150 in the previous years while legumes are no longer for free as farmers will have to pay K500. About 1.5 million farmers are expected to benefit from the program in the 2015/16 season.

In 2005/6 the Government of Malawi introduced Fisp, a large scale national programme subsidising agricultural inputs, mainly fertilisers and seeds for maize production.

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Will
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A malawi, kodi simudziwa kuti amwenye onse ali ndima citizenship ku UK? Zinthu zitavuta akhoza kuthawitsa ndalama koma mmalawi mzathu amanga nyumba kuno, buznez yake ndiya kuno. Chifukwa chiyani timalemeletsa anthu obwera? Ndimitengo yomwe kupereka contract ku company ya ku Zimbambwe anthu a malawi sangathe kubweletsa mapolo a magetsi ngakhale ya kunjayo?

captain
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How far with our 6Billion Mr mulli? Pay our money first and talk to us later

Lyson Tchiza
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Eyaa basi wosauka azingosaukirabe wolemera patsogolo, ndiye Ku Malawi Wa lero ameneyo. Cashgate ndi wanthu olemere. Zikomo milungu yanu mukuipembezayo ipitirize kukudalitsani, koma Mulungu wanga wamoyo akukantheni ndipo mutha nonse psyiti!

victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi
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victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi
Indians, Mulli, Burundians, Rwandis, Nigerians are all milking this nation. They are obscene thieves and invaders of every corner of Malawi. The country has no control over them due to corruption, kick-backs. See how the City Council in Lilongwe, Malawi Housing and Department of Lands have given land to these people. Malawi is gone, taken away due to kick-backs over the recent years. It’s sad, sad, sad!!! Apply for a plot in Lilongwe as a low class Malawian and even pay the application fees, you will die before you get it. Let a foreigner or a high class person do… Read more »
Abdul Bugudadi
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Zautsiru bwanji osangopanga universal subsidy rather than what you doing anthu akufa kuBalaka

watereka
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Leave them alone as long as they have the capacity.

Stambuli wa ku karonga
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Stambuli wa ku karonga

Comment no 1. Has said it all . No more comments . Action Action Action now .

chimwemwe
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please stop the FISP as malawi is too poor and cannot afford it

Bobmarley
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You fools make me laugh. First learn to do business you spend more then you earn on drinking and womanising. Learn to first build your capital and only spend the access cash. And learn to be honest in your dealings. Indians left brick buildings with iron sheet roofs in villages when they moved to cities and how have you utilised them. Removed the iron sheets and windows and sold them. Leaving the empty shell to rot. ???????????????? and you say you want to do business.

msumbo rsa
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Ukulira chani muli iwe wakubakuyambila ndi bingu ubweze 6billion ya msb vrysoon u will b at chichiliprisonmarkmywords

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