An agricultuire non governmental organisation has highly welcomed the reforms in the farm input subsidised programme (FISP) which has seen unprecedented reduction from K60 billion to K30 billion.
Civil Society Agriculture Network (Cisanet) executive director Tamani Nkhono Mvula also welcomed the K198.5 billion lion’s share to the ministry of Agriculture, saying this will revolutionise the agriculture sector currently in deepening crisis.
“These changes are designed to respond to the current situation in agriculture production,” he said.
Mvula said the reduction in FISP owes to the fact that there is likelihood that maize production will this year go down by 42 per cent therefore there was need to allocate more resources to the purchase of maize.
Government has allocated K30 billion in the purchase of maize in the K1.2 billion in the national budget Finance minister Goodall Gondwe presented in parliament on Friday.
He said FISP has also been performing poorly in the past two years, saying it is high time the government found an exit strategy from the programme which was designed to benefit poor subsistence farmers but has of late been dogged with numerous problems.
President Peter Mutharika fired Agriculture minister Allan Chiyembekeza because of problems facing FISP, among others.
Tamani Nkhono Mvula also welcomed the K6.8 billion for small scale agriculture saying this will ensure food security next year.