Chakwera concedes Affordable Inputs Program is a flop

President Lazarus Chakwera has conceded the Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP), which replaced Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp),  is a big flop as subsistence farmers are failing to access affordable subsidized farm inputs.

Chakwera: Some of these problems are machinations of corrupt-bent people who  like profiteering and enriching themselves

In his weekly broadcast, Chakwera outlined three challenges facing  to access low-cost inputs under the Tonse Alliance administration’s signature K160 billion AIP which he said are the logistical glitches, slow delivery of inputs and corruption.

Some parts of the country are already receiving planting rains although subsistence farmers are struggling to get the farm inputs.

“There are three problems affecting AIP. The first being network outages which is making it extremely difficult to retrieve information of the beneficiaries.

“To address these issues, the Minister of Information has had several engagements with the key stakeholders and I am pleased to inform you that these problems will be resolved soon,” said Chakwera in his weekly ‘Malawi Wa Tsopano’ radio broadcast on MBC.

He said corruption and slow delivery of the affordable inputs have also contributed to the chaos surrounding the implementation of AIP  where beneficiaries  access  the low-cost fertiliser being redeemed at K4 950 per 50 kilogramme (kg) and hybrid seeds.

Chakwera reiterated his government’s commitment to making AIP work for the good of farm households in the country saying “some of these problems are machinations of corrupt-bent people who  like profiteering and enriching themselves from programmes meant to empower the rural en-masse.”

In the run up to the court sanctioned presidential election, Tonse alliance politicians, including Chakwera, promised to lower the price of fertilizer from K21,000 per 50 kgs of fertilizer to nearly K4,000 once voted into power.

Over four million ordinary farmers across the country are expected to benefit from AIP.

Chakwera has warned some suppliers who to date haven’t fulfilled their contract obligations as in some areas farmers are still waiting for the affordable inputs.

“The Ministry of Agriculture is screening which suppliers haven’t delivered the affordable farm inputs and what has led to the delay in supply.

“Government cannot afford further delays and such suppliers risk rendering their contracts void,’’ he warned.

The President said in the new dispensation corruption will not be given an inch to flourish and thus warned those who are trying to frustrate the programme with their corrupt acts like overpricing, selling underweight quantities of the inputs and demanding kickbacks from farmers that the long arm of the law will catch up with them.

“There are some unpatriotic people who are trying so hard to frustrate the programme so they rip unsuspecting farmers.

“Others are also deliberately lying of network outages.

“I should assure you they will not achieve their ill motives,” said Chakwera.

He has charged the citizenry to report to relevant authorities those engaged in such malpractices.

He then assured the nation that Government will do everything in its capacity to make AIP successful and ensure food security at household and national level.

The country’s economy largely depends on agriculture and during this year’s Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) national conference it was resolved that Government should prioritise economic sectors that are key to thriving of the economy and benefit Malawians at large and this includes all interventions to boost agricultural productivity

Prospective beneficiaries have struggled to access the inputs under AIP which is using an electronic data platform. In some cases, beneficiaries, including women, are spending nights at retailers’ shops in a desperate need to buy the farm inputs.

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Nanyati
Nanyati
1 month ago

The problem is phuma. Could have continued Fisp for this year while transitioning to AIP. Koma wanted to look like a MR know it all.

Mofolo
Mofolo
1 month ago

Nothing strange. This was expected from the start the Tonse Alliance had no common strategy on how to implement this programme MCP and UTM had their own versions which was being parroted to the people. What they came up with is a mash mellow of two incoherent approaches. Cannot work on the ground

Mmalawi ozitsata
Mmalawi ozitsata
1 month ago

So one chigoba chaboma nor a supporter of the Tonse Alliance. But critics of Chakwera must realize that and remember that whatever he says about the glitches in the system is honesty. No leader has come out to recognize glitches in their system. If we were to support his motives on the group we would have waited and see what transpires than criticize him for noticing zolepherazo or use jargons which do not even exist apapa.

Changamile
Changamile
1 month ago

@Mmalawi ozitsata, No way he lied to us from the word,GO! During the campaign ananena kuti tonse tidzagula feteleza pa mtengo wa K4,500. After kuwina anasintha akuti agule ndi anthu ochepa chabe uku ndikuwatenga a Malawi ngati opusa.

Nthawi imene anali otsutsa diso lawo limangowona zolakwika za boma la anzawolo zabwino samayamikila nde inu mukuyembekeza kuti anzawowo aziwona zabwino?

What goes around comes around. Ichi ndichiyambi chabe ulendo ulipo ndithu

STUPID JERUSALEM VISIT
STUPID JERUSALEM VISIT
1 month ago

This man and indeed nearly all African leaders are village idiots. He goes to Jerusalem, well PLEASE STAY IN JERUSALEM DO NOT COME BACK TO MALAWI. Where is you history and genelogy CHAKWERA that u abandon it and follow that which you are have no relation with. Shame

Phyot Olera Kun Yini
1 month ago

Chakwera samala. Chepetsa ukamberembere wako. We can not be taken for granted like this. Ifetu siabale ako!!!!!

mussa
mussa
1 month ago

kusabva you should have the system muluzi used all fertiliser delivered at sfmsfr warehouses then send to admarc for distribution as simple as that

Chilambantaka
Chilambantaka
1 month ago

The problem is not the suppliers or the vendors. The president and his team is the problem to this. U promised the people that once u r voted into office u shall reduce the price of fertilizer to 4500 and it shall be universal subsidy where every citizen of this country will buy the commodity. Suddenly u made a turn and introduced ur AIP program . As a result of ur u turn everyone is taken by surprise hence all these glitches. If it were universal subsidy people could have bought the fertilizer freely and issues of unscrupulous traders could… Read more »

Chillz
Chillz
1 month ago

I thought projects like this have what anzathu ozitsatawo amati “project feasibility analysis/study”. Zinati bwanji za okuba, suppliers inconsistency etc. Such a key national matter needed to engage proven stakeholders from gvt to suppliers and more. Now if this jam continues chaka chamawa amayi anga anaphiri agula chimanga kumudzi pa 25000. Ena akudya mpunga all because dzikoli tazolowera kuliendetsa ngati ma vendor,

Mkango no.1
Mkango no.1
1 month ago

This was well damn expected. This is what happens, Mr president, when your team is made up of bunch of old, corrupt-bent politicians and civil servants, and arrogant thugs like mkaka. Mr President, leave the cleaning of the rubble and draining of the swamp to bwana SKC. He is the only person and a perfect leader who is capable of erridicating corruption from our country and lock all those who are responsible. But it Seems your inner circle thugs are trying to create divisions. Why is H.E. SKC not being giving the task to clear all the rotten thugs and… Read more »

tiyowoye nyasulu
tiyowoye nyasulu
1 month ago

Actually its him who is failure not the AIP. he wanted to be wise when he was outside government and now he is on the driving seat and is failing big time. His chief secretary Chikhosi is messing up the whole civil service by hiring girl friends and relatives.

Ambuye Zibwerani
Ambuye Zibwerani
1 month ago

Chili kwa nzako kumati chigwire nyanga. Bwana Chakwera, chigwireni nyanga basi.

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