Ireland has given Malawi government 350 thousand Euros (about 135 million Malawi kwacha) for financing of the Anti-corruption bureau to implement the National Anti Corruption Strategy as well as for farm input subsidy programme .
Speaking at the signing ceremony the Irish ambassador Liz Higgins said 135 million has been set aside for the monitoring of the farm inputs subsidy programme.
“This financing is there as an additional support to enable the Agriculture productivity and alleviate hunger in order to improve the nutritional status for the people,” Liz Higgins said.
Making his remarks, Minister of Finance, Dr Ken Lipenga commended Ireland for the good gesture saying the Farm Inputs subsidy Programme (FISP) is a major component of the National budget which accounts for over 10 percent of the total budget.
“Government will therefore ensure that all resources in this programme reach the intended beneficiaries .We will ensure that small holder farmers are not forced to pay bribes in order to redeem their vouchers from the market,” said Lipenga.
He said the programme will develop human capacity and strengthens system in the ministries of Agriculture and food security , Local Government and in ADMARC..
“This programme is therefore coming at a right time when government has established a dedicated department to facilitate nutrition planning and implementation, He said.
The Minister then urged the department having the responsibility of managing the programmes to be proactive and execute the projects efficiently for the benefit of the nation.