Officials of Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) have accused ministry of Agriculture staff of arm chair decisions after they said Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) was a success this year.
The president of FUM Alfred Kapichira Banda said this is the worst year in living memory in the delivery of FISP.
“The ministry of Agriculture should not be saying this from their arm chairs, let them go in the field. The situation is different. Things are not as good as the officials are telling us,” he said.
He said there is rampant corruption, late acquisition of coupons and other maladministration.
FUM president was however quick to say that farm inputs are readily available in most shops.
Kapichira Banda therefore warned the Agriculture ministry officials from making decisions and assessments from their red carpet offices.
However, FISP coordinator Osborne Tseka said to the contrary, this is the most succesful year in as far as FISP is concerned.
He said out of the 900000 people eaemarked to get coupons for fertilizer, 800000 people received on time, saying this has never happene before.
Banda also said fertilizer this year was readily available in all shops across the country. Tseka said the distribution of fertilizer will come to an end in February.