President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera Friday said the increase in prices of the Affordable Inputs is as a result of the global increased prices on most commodities.
His remarks follows continued attacks from some quarters in the country saying farmers earmarked to benefit from AIP will cough out more as they will be buying the commodities at K7,500 from the previous K4,500.
Chakwera made the remarks to the people who had gathered at Tengani Trading centre in Nsanje on his way from Nsanje Boma where he toured Nsanje -Marka M1 road construction works.
He said: “Price increase in the AIP is as a result of the global increase in prices. We thought the best way was to maintain the number of beneficiaries than reducing them so that more people should benefit.”
The President said that as one way of ensuring that people have enough food to eat, his government is championing progress of the Shire Valley Transformation Programme (SVTP) so as to increase access to food among many households in Chikwawa and Nsanje as well as the whole country.
“This will defeat the prolonged dry spells our twin districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje experience. Through the water that will pass through this canal. The programme will benefit a lot and this mega project is expected to feed the whole of the Southern Africa. We will use this water responsibly,” he said.
Chakwera assured the communities of Tengani that his government was geared to construct the railway whose first phase runs from Mozambique to Bangula.
“Let’s utilize this opportunity the best way possible. It is only through the railway that a lot of commodities will be transported thereby prices will become cheaper. You may agree with me that most materials for construction and factories are becoming more and more expensive.
“We will construct Mlolo Bridge to shorten distance that you cover to travel to Fatima. There is no way you should ever again go through Chikwawa when we have the shortest route. My government is serious when it comes to road infrastructure so as to connect us together,” he said.