Malawi increases price of subsidized fertilizer by 600%: Minister says govt has been ‘pushed left and right’

Smallholder farmers waiting to benefit from 2015-2016 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) should begin to consider revising their budget now, the cost of buying two bags of subsidised fertilizer and seeds is now at K8500 from K1, 150.

Chiyembekeza: The move aims to make the program more sustainable

Chiyembekeza: The move aims to make the program more sustainable

This means cost of contribution towards the FISP for each bag of fertiliser has gone up by 600%.

Each 50kg bag of fertilizer for FISP was previously costing K500, now Government has decided to put each bag of fertilizer at K3500 translating a total cost of K7000 (seven thousand kwacha) for Urea and NPK fertilizer bags.

Now,  5kg packet of maize Seed will cost K1000 and for a packet of legume seed farmers will contribute K500.

Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Allan Chiyembekeza announced the changes at Capital Hill in Lilongwe, saying this follows reforms that government has taken in response to calls.

“This year, the programme beneficiaries will be contributing quite substantial amount of money” he said before announcing the new costs

“We as government have been pushed left and right because everybody continued to say that we are spending too much money on the Farm Input Subsidy at the expense of other Government programmes which we understood and to some extent agreed,” said Chiyembekeza.

He said:“So there was need for some kind of reforms in the Farm Input Subsidy Programme.”

Justifying the adjustments Chiyembekeza said:“All this has been done in response to the outcry because this is what many people wanted including donors that at least we would want to make contribution of the farmer to be seen to be reasonable so that at least they can also feel that they are part of the programme”

Previous years, a farmer was contributing K500 (five hundred kwacha) for each fertilizer bag and it costs them K1000 (one thousand kwacha) for two bags. And for seed maize, it was K150 while legume seeds were given out for free because there was support from development partners on seed part.

However this year the Minister revealed that “We still haven’t been assured whether there is going to be that support”

The Agriculture Minister also indicated that as part of reforms in the programme, the private sector will be involved in the supply, distribution and direct retail of some of the fertilizer earmarked for seven selected districts as pilot.
“We are doing this as a pilot because we don’t know whether it will work as people anticipate. So we don’t want to put all our eggs in one basket. If this proves to be more cost effective and more efficient than the system we have always used, definitely future farm input subsidy programmes will be used through this system” he said

But Chiyembekeza clarified that the remainder of the districts will follow the same old system where Smallholder Farmers Fertiliser Revolving Fund of Malawi (SFFRFM) and ADMARK will be markets for the FISP fertilizer.

He also hinted that procurement of fertilizer will be done by SFFRFM but evaluation for the bids of fertilizer which opened on 31st July 2015 will either be completed end of this week or early next week.

Chiyembekeza while indicating that bids for transport will be done this Friday 7th August 2015, said beneficiary identification will be done in due course.

FISP will clock 11 years since its implementation, with an aim of achieving food self sufficiency and increased income of resource poor farmers through increased maize and legume production.

The 2015/2016 budget allocated K41.5 billion for the programme targeting 1.5 million beneficiaries. From the budget, Government will procure and subsidize 150 thousand metric tonnes of fertilizer where; 75 thousand metric tonnes will be for NPK fertilizer and another 75 thousand metric tonnes of fertiliser will be for Urea.

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People in rural areas are managing to build brick house with cement and iron sheets while a civil servant is far from that waiting for retirement token. Village fellas will definately manage that increase and I was not benefiting directly from that unsustainable program just waisting my tax on pple who were inturn selling the product after receiving it. Big up government my tax will now other meaningful development.

Felix Kajawo

Am Afraid,i Foresee Another Year Of Hunger Crisis In Malawi.What A Mockery!

sailes Unika

But did you guys decide very well or maybe u just following up what some ppl mle & donnors complaint, Nyasaland is undeveloped country & our poor Grands never manage to get money like that, do you want to kill people? Maybe is the way of chancing something? Mmmm
…you got enough & you got tired. How dare you did shame.

Patrick yohane super

Thats why chakwera and his fan was saying that, the burget u planned was better 4 only Peter n fell friends in simple better 4 u rich pple, ama DPP fan but this is 2 much kwacha ikungozigwera yokha nthawi yogulitsa fodya ngat iyi so msika mukaseka forex mukaitenga kut


Tanlekani dala kuitchula kuti sabuside.zidapita kale ni obingu ni ojoice
omwe onkapanga manifesito imeneyo.tachilandila ife boma lidziyenda zikomo.

kwake nkuluma

Welcome Development. Anthuwa Akagula K500 Amagulitsa K14,000 Per Bag Samachotseranso Ndiye Tisawamvere Chisoni.

Zanga Phe Basi

I dont kno how organic fertilizer application would improve soil texture as someone has written somewhere. Little or nothing is done to change texture of the soil. May be u wanted to write soil structure oh yes! i will entirely agree with u.

We should not see all contracts being awarded to DPP financiers Mulli inclusive.

Nkhoma Wilnerd

u can’t explain as to where the systeme fail ndi misonkho yathu yimeneyi omatinamiza, expect to spend more money on importing maize next year bcoz poor victims of cashgate in the rular wil not manage 600% increase

Du wa Mwa.

Kkkkkkkkkk!!!!! Kkkkkkkkkk!!!!! Kkkkkkkkkk!!!!! Boma iloooooo


Subsidy mumailimbikila chifukwa choti ndi indirect cashgate.we know this.

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