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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34 thoughts on “Local suppliers cry foul over fertilizer contracts”

  1. Will says:

    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?

  2. captain says:

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

  3. Lyson Tchiza says:

    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!

  4. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    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 the same, within months he is given the plot.

    Why are obvious things not investigated? Malawi is a dead nation.

  5. Abdul Bugudadi says:

    Zautsiru bwanji osangopanga universal subsidy rather than what you doing anthu akufa kuBalaka

  6. watereka says:

    Leave them alone as long as they have the capacity.

  7. Stambuli wa ku karonga says:

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

  8. chimwemwe says:

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

  9. Bobmarley says:

    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.

  10. msumbo rsa says:

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

  11. Mwethu says:

    Malawi Government should beware with foreigners. In Zambia the fertilizer that was at a certain time supplied looked exactly like the usual fertilizer bit it was something else, just made to look like fertilizer yet it had no chemical value in it. And to imagine that it was shipped all the way fro , Asia and a lot of money was lost. Support the local suppliers, take out politics in the implementation of FISP and the results will be good for Malawi.

  12. nyambose says:

    Achita bwino apasa amwenye

  13. Zomba boys says:

    Akuti Amwenye amapeleka ndalama akakhala ndi nsonkhansonkha wa DPP, MLANKHO WA ALOMWE ndi BEAM. inu achikuda simunsonkha nawo nde mumati akupatseni CONTRACT!!? Yachani!!!?

  14. Kandapako says:

    Kodi mukamati amwenye ndi a Malawi, chifukwa chiyani samalola anthu akuda kukwatila azimai achimwenye? Koma iwowo amwenyewo ndiye palibe vuto kukwatira azimai achikuda? Amwenyenso kudzikonda kwabasi…samafuna kumachezelana ndi mitindu ina ayi…ngakhale kokhala kumene amakhala kwaokha. Mutati muonetsetse muzindikila kuti ngakhale kulembana nchito amaitanitsa amwenye anzawo kudzagwira nchito kuno chonsecho a Malawi alipo ambiri amene angathe kugwira nchitoyo. Ngati tonse ndife a Malawi ndiye tieni tichite chilichonse mosasankhana.

  15. Martin says:

    Mukapanda kutchula Ben Phiri mumamva bwanji?

  16. Benard ndhlovu says:

    Crying is in malawi is something very much inborn, hey wek up and cry for things that specifically uncontrollable, untill dos foks above us smell actions from us otherwise we shall wip, wip wip and swet in tears for a decade

  17. AFIKI says:

    SORRY. !!! NDIMAGANIDZA KUTI LEVELHEADED NDI MWENYE KOMA NDADZINDIKIRA KUTI NDI MBALE WANGA WENIWENI WA KUMUDZI KUNO. KKKK

  18. AFIKI says:

    @ LEVELHEADED

    I KNOW YOU ARE A MWENYE AND THE FACT STILL REMAINS THAT YOU ARE NOT AN INDIGENOUS MALAWIAN. KODI KUMUDZI KWANU NDIKUTI KUNO KU MALAWI ?
    NOW TELL ME WHAT !!! IS THERE ANYTHING LIKE” ASIAN OF MALAWIAN ORIGIN ” IN INDIA ?
    INFACT I ONLY HEAR THIS RUBBISH HERE IN MALAWI. YOU CAN’T DARE BE CALLED LIKE THAT IN SOME OF OUR NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES LIKE ZAMBIA, MOZAMBIQUE AND LET ALONE TANZANIA

  19. koma kumaneko says:

    Amalawi oyamba kufika mdziko muno ndi achewa that is why anakhala malo achonde , abwino okhaokha and they are al over malawi – koma vuto sagwirizana komaso dyera ndi kaduka samafuna wina atsogole ayi, amalolela kuti aluze onse chinthucho chikhale ndimunthu wa mtundu wina . Uyu ndiye mchewa. For example if mcp wants to be in govt chose a president from the south or north then all chewas will unite and support him apo biiiiiiiiii mikangano yokhayokha kunyozana mkati – mtundu wodala koma omvetsa chisoni.

  20. Mucracker_2 says:

    I hear Ben Phiri is the one who is handling the 70% with Asians? He told these guys that he will handle the 70% and he went round giving it to the Indians with kick backs (corrupt). Malawi will improve if Ben Phiri and one more guy is not in the system.

  21. chipapwiche says:

    Why not take the billions of kwachas allocated to FISP and assign it to commercial farming (mechanized farming) so that they cultivate thousands of hactres of maize and other crops, on irrigation basis and then distribute the food to the poorest in the village . This FISP has never had much impact at all. Look its traders scrambling for this money now for supply of fertilisers, and at end of the day Malawi remains a hunger stricken country. Let us not politicize but be realistic

  22. Tchutchu says:

    Amwenye ndi a Malawi ngati ena onse. Pali a bwino ndinso pali oyipa monga amalawi achikuda. Kukadakhala kopanda amwenyewa mizinda yathu sikadakhala ndi nyumba zansanja. Kamuzu chomwe adadziwa ndichakuti kusamutsa likulu Ku Zoma kunkafunika kuti kumangidwenso morden houses and shops ku Lilongwe zomwe a malawi a khungu lakuda sangathe chifukwa a nkakhulupirila kuti akamanga nyumba yamalata awalodza ndipo afa. Pachifukwachi Kamuzu adalamula kuti a malawi achimwenye achoke mmaboma ndipo apite Mmizinda ya Lilongwe, Blantyre kuti akthe kumanga Nyumba, mashop abwino.
    Tango fufuzani kupatula Kang’ombe Building, Mangochi Building, Simama Hotel, ndi Kampala house ndani winanso ali ndi yumba zolozeka mu lilongwe?
    Zakusankhana mitundu zisiyeni. Ambiri a amalawi a chikuda ndiwo amenekupezeka adaba ndalama ku Capital Hill (cash gate) Munamuona mwenye ali PS?

  23. MABWITI says:

    KKKKKKKKKKKK Ma local Suppliers kuchulutsa ma diversion kkkkkkk ndiye azitifinya chonchi nkumawapatsa amwenye ma contract

  24. Charlie Hebdo says:

    If prices offered by locals are not competitive, why should they be favoured especially at the time our economy is not doing well? Give locals the contract, they will still go to these foreigners for the commodity. They will only be supplying in name, but the person behind the deal is still the foreigner.

  25. benjnes says:

    THIS COUNTRY IS SOLD TO DOGS AND PIGS

  26. levelheaded says:

    What do you mean by saying Malawians of Asian origin. Is it good to call a ngoni to be a Malawian of south African origin or a yao of Mozambican origin? If you journalists start to be racist in this way what about a common man in the village? Some of these amwenyes have been in Malawi before the yaos migrated from Mozambique, before the chewas migrated from Zambia, before the ngonis migrated from south Africa an more. Infact there is no ethnic tribe that is originally Malawian.

  27. Dikiteta says:

    Amwenyetu ni khungu chabe koma ambiriwa ndi a Malawi.Asiyeni agwire bwino ntchitoyi ndi boma lathuli muonanso

  28. sayamika says:

    looking closely into this issue we could see that Malawians sometimes are not trust worthy. out of 10 roads constructed by Malawian contractors, only last for 2 years then potholes merge. our integrity is somehow questionable. mr mulli iwe ndiye mbuzi imene ikupangitsa Malawi kulowa pansi. you always have alittle sth in your pocket to bribe those in power. and am in doubt if that 2000 tonnes will be delivered in full. ukupangitsa anthu ena kuchita suffer. cant you find some other bznez other than crying on gvt contracts? that’s chisasati and laziness.

  29. Tili Chenene says:

    We deny such arrangements. Amwenye ai!!!

  30. Raymond Tembo says:

    amwenye akulemeletsana okhaokha and you r still giving then contracts, mufuse amene amagwira ntchita kwa a amwenye ngati ali ndi sofa set

  31. Professor Linton Pamberiii says:

    Kodi a Mulli bwanji? Evverything and everywhere. Mmmmmm

  32. Malawi Mmwenye says:

    Amwenye amathamdiza economy yadziko becuase samaika ndarama ku bank. Akafuna katundu kunja amatumiza black market choncho dziko lamalawi lipindula. Masalary amwenye ndi okwera.

  33. Sapitwa says:

    This is what pains me from 1964 up until today for governments; MCP,UDF,DPP and PP.
    They treat Asians as Superhumans qualifying for business opportunities and riches. They are purely traders and mostly not manufacturers and trading MUST be for indigenous Malawians and not Foriegnors including Burundians,Nigerians,Somalis,Chinese etc. This is not being Xenophobic as it may sound but trading by these people is taking away opportunities from us. Government MUST put strict measures on this to ensure that Foriegnors should invest in manufacturing only and leave trading to us.
    We are on the time bomb now and one day, just one day, government’s eyes will be open to see businesses if these mentioned foruegnors in flames and it is just about to happen. Enough is enough!

    1. kadamanja says:

      I am with you! Right now we have 37 AK 47 and 11 grenades, we want to show the Munthalika government how unhappy we are. Very soon!

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