Opposition, govt differ on 2016 economic forecast: ‘Malawi to face more food shortage’

Opposition in Malawi are forecasting another economic turbulent year following the government messy handling of farm input programme, saying Malawians should expect severe food shortages that will push inflation up.

Jumbe: Malawians should brace for more tough times

Jumbe: Malawians should brace for more tough times

Gondwe: Upbeat economy will get better

Gondwe: Upbeat economy will get better

However, Finance minister Goodall Gondwe says the government expects a 3 percent economic growth buoyed mainly by bumper yield unless El Nino shatters the dream down.

Chairman of Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Felix Jumbe said this year the farm input programme has faced more problems than ever before.

“This year, Malawians should expect more hunger. There are so many problems on the ground,” said Jumbe.

The Salima central legislator who is also a powerful member of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) says Malawi should expect another slow down in the economy as food prices will be pushed up.

“These are man made problems, we want to change things last minute when we do not have the capacity,” said Jumbe, accusing the government of reducing the number of beneficiaries from around 5000 to around 2000, data for the beneficiaries taken from Capital Hill.

But Finance minister Gondwe with good rains without floods or drought, Malawi economy should grow steadily next year.

Coupled with the resumption of donor aid, Gondwe is on track back to its old glory.

Minister of Agriculture Allan Chiyembekeza told journalists in Lilongwe this week that the government has given two fertilizer companies, suppliers of the commodity to the subsistence farmers, have been given until Wednesday afternoon to supply the fertlizer to the people or government would delist them.

He said this after reports that some areas have not yet received fertilizer despite the onset of the rains.

“We sourced out the supply of the fertlizer to some private companies but like they have problems yet we are running late, we want the fertlizer delivered,” he said.

Chiyembekeza said if the two companies fail to deliver by 5pm on Wednesday, an alternative would be found.

He also announced that the 1800 people who received the farm inputs this year will be left out next as a new group of 1800 will be identified from the list of 4800 of farmers then after next year the government will identify another group of farmers from the same farmers, a move agricultural experts view as an exit plan of the programme.

Chiyembekeza confirmed opposition worries that not all the needy received the farm inputs, conceding that civil servants with pieces of land were deliberately given the farm inputs to boost food production in the country. ‘

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6 thoughts on “Opposition, govt differ on 2016 economic forecast: ‘Malawi to face more food shortage’”

  1. George says:

    The so called Minister deserve to be a village Leader appointed on condition of being feared for his juju. Ameneyu ndi mbuzi yeniyeni. I hate him and his so called Proffessor

  2. chimwemwe says:

    Chimanga asowa chaka za 2016, FISP is in a big mess felix jumbe is correct, expect for harder times, kwacha yafika 650, and more inflation will come not only for food items but all items. There is need for change

  3. Angel of Doom says:

    I have never known a country with so many idiots as Malawi.

    If we had more people with optimism like Gondwe, this country would not be the poorest in the world.

    Malawians even wish that there should be hunger in their own country so that they can say “Tinanena ife”

    Politics is not and should not be used as a yardstick for anything and everything. We are in this mess because Malawians are in the habit of electing people that have no business being in parliament.

    Malawians amatengeka ndi zithu za zii”

    How are people going to work hard if their leaders are telling them “Mukungo bvutika chaka chamawa kukhalanso njala”

    How can Jumbe blame the subsidy on one hand and advocate for its abolition on the other, Nkumati ndi munthu wanzelu?

    Hate the DPP by all means, but at least give people hope. Gondwe is very good at that, when he was MP, his constituency was vibrant because he always encouraged them, and they worked hard, now they are regretting their “Kutengeka ndi PP”

    At this rate Malawi will always be the poorest country in the world, not because of DPP but because of the stupidity of Malawians. Always wanting to gain political millage.

  4. ben says:

    FISP is a total failure this year, most areas in the north dont have fertiliser. Why fertiliser is not being delivered by suppliers due to low prices offered by government and government and late awards. So we government is responsible for this mess why did they not identify suppliers who are capable and supply in time.

  5. Aleke Msumba says:

    I am confused as to the primary thesis of this article. Is there a forecasted food shortage due to environmental factors, fertilizer delivery, or incorrect identification of farmers to produce their requisite output?

    Then the article also alludes to an economic slow down due to food production?

    Perhaps a description of some baseline numbers for some other major economic indicators would help give some context to the issues and potential solutions.

  6. Chitatata says:

    Send this museum artifact you call Minister of Finance back to Mzimba. He is utterly useless and does not understand the gravity of the problem at hand. He lives in his ivory tower where he continues to fatten his ugly face on the ill gotten money from the poor. This fool!

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