Chakwera says MCP’s universal subsidy pledge tweaked to cheap fertiliser to replace Fisp

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera has said the party has tweaked  its pledge in MCP manifesto in which the party promised to introduce a universal subsidy programme opting to adopt cheaper fertiliser of 50 kg bag of fertiliser selling at K4,495 as advocated by UTM leader Saulos Chilima.

Chakwera speaking on whistle stop

The MCP presidential hopeful was speaking Friday during whistle-stops rally at Mitundu Trading Centre, Mchenga Trading Centre, before holding a rally at Lobi Trading Centre in Dedza District.

Chakwera said the MCP government which he will form with support of electoral alliance will stop to the current Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) which benefits 1.4 million poor farmers who buy a 50 kilogramme bag of fertiliser at K500, saying it was no longer effective.

“We have been in talks with companies in other countries, we are able to negotiate with them, but as we have been saying, we will also open factories here. We want to make sure that people get affordable fertilisers,” he said.

Several commentators, including some opposition parties and academics, have asked government to devise an exit-strategy for Fisp, saying it is not sustainable in the long run.

Some have argued that despite helping the country attain back-to-back years of surplus maize at national level, Fisp’s shortfalls include failure among its beneficiaries to graduate to independence. Each year, almost the same beneficiaries are given coupons to buy subsidised fertiliser and seed.

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Namulondola
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The 1.4 million getting at Mk500 which benefited the poor Where will the poor going to get almost Mk5000 to buy it. Which companies have agreed and how long does it take to have a company to start producing fertiliser in Malawi? What happened to the fertiliser company that was developing its structures at Kanengo near Area 43 Cashgate area now. No truth in this Pastor. Thou shall not lie.

Mlaliki
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Mlaliki

FISP and your tweaked idea are both entirely wrong. If you give any rural farmer fertilizer without making sure that he is well equipped ( technical knowhow) to produce the crop, we are doing the country injustice. Rather you contract large farms to grow the maize and you sell it to people at a subsidy. The small farmers will even use a full bag of fertilizer to produce 2 bags of maize which is not economical whatsoever. The money is better placed somewhere else.

Nsundwe Idiots
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Alibe mfundo, kumangosintha sintha and copy and paste. zero pa ten. This elections are more about tribes than mfundo, because seriously Chakwera zero

Omex70
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Omex70

Makadeti mukumva kuwawa zedi.

Jose
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Jose

Msanje sikupindulirani chkwera akulowa mboma nthawi ya akuba yatha mulungu wathetsa

Kampepuza
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Abusa kadyetseni nkhosa. Game yandake yakukukanikani. Simuyitha iyi abusa. Asiieleni eni Wake odziwa kunena bodza. Game yakukulirani. Mutsitsa fertilizer mwayetsa ndi nchenga(bodza m’busa wokugwa wayambapo) wa ku ntsinje wa linthipe.

Omex70
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Omex70

Ukunamatu kadeti iwe

Jose
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Jose

Mchenga chiyani anthu akuba mabilioni ochepa.tsono chabwino mchiani kuba ndi kutsitsila fertilizer afiti mwachuluka pa malawi manyazi bwanji.Akulembani ntchito yoyika makimmenti mwalemba mmadzi darkness has been defeated by light.The bible says it was written that the son of God will be crucified by woe to the man by whom the son of God is crucified it would have been better if he was not born.enanu kunalibwino mutakgalachete mcp utm ikupanga boma.

Wakale
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Wakale

Good idea

wa jeoffrey
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Bingu and DPP idea you mean

Malawi walero
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Malawi walero

We shall see if you dont fulfil then we will go straight to demos as you have already shown as how to demostrate it

Jose
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Jose

Boma lake si la chakwera ndi chilima ma bigi okhaokha quality malonda enieni osati zinazo zopanda tsogolo.mpakana kuliwetsa chipemvedzo ndi zigawo ndi mitundu atupele has made a m8stake of his life he may miss on the chart of presidents.

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