Government has said the private sector will this year take centre stage in the administration of farm input program (Fisp) as way of improving the service.
Agriculture minister George Chaponda said the private sector will now be involved in the storage and delivery of the subsided fertilizer and seed for the 1.5 million Malawians.
Tamani Nkhono, executive director of Civil Society Agriculture Network welcomed the move, saying it would ease the problems faced last year when many people failed to access the facility due to a myriad of problems centred on disorganisaion and maladministration.
“The problems in the past arose because the government did everything, we hope this time around the service will be better,” he said.
He was however worried that the private sector transporters might refuse to get to hard to reach remote areas of the country.
Tamani Nkhono also advised the government to deal with associations of fertilizer, seed and transport among others in the selection of service providers to avoid corruption.,Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :