As an unofficial campaign for the 2014 tripartite elections gets hotter by day with both reasonable and unreasonable promises from leaders of various political parties and the opposition People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) is promising Malawians the introduction of new and cheapest form of fertilizers once voted into power.
PPM president, Mark Katsonga Phiri says the new fertilizer follows a research which the party in collaboration with its business partners has been conducting for the past ten years on what can push forward the country’s agro-based economy.
“Malawi is an agriculture country. We have found that one of the things that can transform Malawi is to produce the fertilizer which is cheap, soil friendly and productive. Therefore we have identified a bio-fertilizer which is user friendly, full of nutrients and cheap,” he explained.
Katsonga, who is also one of the business tycoons in the country, says the new fertilizer will only cost farmers K10, 000 for two bottles enough to apply on one hectare garden.
“The bottles of bio-fertilizer will be sold at K5, 000 each and one bottle is equivalent to five bags of fifty kilograms of fertilizer which is currently sold at K18, 000 each. If you multiply it with 5 you will come up with K90, 000 and then multiply that K90, 000 by 2 is K180, 000. So from next year when you vote us into government, Malawians will only be spending K10, 000 out of that K180, 000,” Katsonga says.
He also says he is deeply concerned that government has been cheating Malawians that it is providing cheap fertilizer while in actual sense it is pocketing the public funds.
“I feel so sorry that the current government and all previous governments have been publicizing about the low-priced fertilizers but in real sense the fertilizer itself is not cheap. That fertilizer is exorbitant. All what I am saying is that PPM has identified a bio-fertilizer which is indeed cheap,” he says.
He is urging Malawians to vote basing on policies, skill and talents and one who has clear vision to transform the country out of poverty.