Education gets lion’s share in Malawi 2020/21 budget: Mlusu says AIP ‘not far from being  universal fertilizer subsidy’

Finance Minister Felix Mlusu’s K2.2 trillion 2020/2021 National Budget which he has presented in Parliament on Friday has seen the Education Sector getting the lion’s share with a whooping K384.5 billion allocation which is 21.6 percent of the total budget, representing 5.4 percent of  Gross Domestic Product (GDP).


Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms Perry Mmanga leads Finance Minister Mlusu to the House.-Photo by Govati Nyirenda
Minister of Finance Mlusu is greeted by Education minister Agness Nyalonje when he presented national budget in Parliament of Friday.(C)Govati Nyirenda 
Opposition Parliamentarians during budget presentation on Friday.(C)Govati Nyirenda

Mlusu said these resources will cater for wages and salaries of teachers; operations for primary and secondary schools; development projects; and all education subvented organizations such as public universities.

Meanwhile, the agriculture sector comes second after education, with an allocation hovering at K354 billion which, about, K150 billion will be channeled to the Affordable Input Program (AIP) that has replaced the  Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP).

AIP is targeting about 4.2 million small-holder farmers purchasing fertilizer at a subsidized price of K4 900.

“Madam Speaker, in line with the promise of the Tonse Alliance Government of providing cheap agriculture inputs to smallholder farmers, K160.2 billion has been allocated to the

Affordable Input Program in the 2020/2021 financial year. Out of this amount, K132.7 billion is for fertilizer payments, K25.7 billion for maize seed and K1.8 billion for logistics,” Mlusu said.

Mlusu said 4.2 million farm families will be provided with cheap farm inputs.

“This, Madam Speaker, is not far from being a universal subsidy program assuming an average family size of four people, which gives approximately 16.8 million people that will be covered under this program out of the 17.6 million people in Malawi,” he said.

The country’s purse keeper said  there is no sampling of farm families to benefit from the program as every smallholder farmer is covered.

“Madam Speaker, each farming household will purchase two 50 kg bags of fertilizer at a price of K4,495.00 per bag. As I announced in this August House during my presentation of the Provisional Budget, implementation of the AIP will use an electronic system as opposed to paper coupons,” he said.

Mlusu said the  reform will ensure transparency and efficiency as National Identity Cards will be used when purchasing the fertilizer and all other farm inputs.

On the other part, Health and transport sectors get K204 billion and K150 billion, respectively.

Meanwhile, the budget projects total grants at K255.7 billion which represents 3.6 percent of GDP and it also projects interest payments of K376 billion, an increase from K243 billion from the 2019/20 approved budget.

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Nyusesi
9 days ago

Education always gets the lion’s share to play with. Education standards continue to fall despite the huge allocations every year. Kusolola too much.

Rumba Strikes Back
Rumba Strikes Back
10 days ago

Good! Teachers are to be paid more! Extensive research has shown that the best way to improve education is to pay teachers more money. By doing so, you attract higher quality staff, and you eliminate the necessity of teachers having to ‘moonlight’ in other jobs to make ends meet.

Za mkutu
Za mkutu
10 days ago

The sad reality No free electricity connection No free water connection No tax reduction Not covid budget to support the vulnerable No K14,000 passport No free licence renewal No fertiliser subsidy at k4995 No duty free week this year or next Medf To increase to 75bn over 5 yrs Not this year Only 5 new road projects No bullet train No dual carriage road from Lumbadzi to 6 miles No 6 way lane Gateway mall, via crossroads to city center No street lights in lilongwe No tax incentives for small or large businesses, I see increase in unemployment and many… Read more »

MIssionaries
MIssionaries
10 days ago
Reply to  Za mkutu

HAHAHAHAHA komatu kuma pempela eti? osati muzipweteke ayi chifukwa cha ndale. Kulakwila

Nyirenda Tobious
Nyirenda Tobious
10 days ago

Budget well presented sir, let’s hope Tonse govt is here to serve it’s citizens

Shonai
10 days ago

U crook poyerayera.Cheating promising people about universal fertilizer through out since over 10 years ago mpaka kunyamulira thumba pa phewa kuima nalo bodza.

Justice for all
Justice for all
10 days ago

It sounds good let’s be patient

Lumbani
Lumbani
10 days ago

The question to answer is ” is it a universal subsidy?” Bas. when you need to start explaining yourself then it’s obviously not.

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