Malawi to continue with farm, Malata subsidies -Goodall

Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Goodall Gondwe has defended subsidies aimed at alleviating poverty in the country describing them as critical welfare programmes after some members of parliament questioned the effectiveness of the programmes.

Gondwe: Defends subsidies

Gondwe told journalists at parliament building in Lilongwe on Monday that subsidies such as farm input subsidy programme (Fisp) and Malata Subsidy programme have had an excellent impact on the poor in the country.

He also challenged his colleagues in parliament not to deny the poor subsidies as some of them (parliamentarians) were at some point also beneficiaries of the same.

“FISP has enabled the poor to buy fertilizers at a cheap price for their maize production.

“When prices of fertilizers were very high and there was no subsidy, most poor went hungry because they were not producing enough maize,” Gondwe said.

He cited the year 2002 when the country was hit hard by hunger with most households going on empty stomachs but improved tremendously in 2006 because of Fisp.

Earlier, most of the legislators were of the view that subsidies are empowering the local people.

Member of Parliament for Lilongwe North, Patricia Mkanda said that beneficiaries are not being weaned off after benefiting resulting in increasing number of beneficiaries every year.

“The original plan was that we would have this programme and then we would be phasing out. But it’s surprising that instead of phasing out, government sometimes increases the number of beneficiaries.

“We should reach a point whereby the farmers should graduate from this programme and support themselves,” she said.

Government has allocated K41.5 billion for Fisp, targeting at least one million Malawians for both fertilizer and seeds from K33.5 billion in the 2017/2018 financial year.

Parliament is meeting for the 47th session, third meeting at the parliament building in Lilongwe.

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4 years ago

Misampha yongobera ndalama MBAVA iyi,
The amount of money budgeted is by far disproportional to the quality of outputs.
Which farmer has graduated from this project since its inception? Anthu akulandira cement womatsuka.
Magogo koma opanda manyazi ndi, tima project TAMASANJE koma zindalama THOOOO!!!! Fong long!!!

4 years ago

We do not want hand outs, rather empower us with mordern farming techniques, irrigation , growing high value crops, reducing post harvest loses, food processing etc etc

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
4 years ago

Total lack of vision.

Do you feel the populous is happy just being perssived as beggers, at the mercy of their leaders.

Build an enabling economy which has the basics such as electricity, health facilities, schools.

Enable people to fish and do not hand out fish.

We as a country cannot afford to subsidise social services 100%.

Yosefe Mateyu
Yosefe Mateyu
4 years ago

Our members of parliament have mercy on us poor people we produce food for this country.

4 years ago

We are not fools please…. you said you will reduce the price of cement and Malaya.. .. mwina ku thyolo ndikumene anasisa

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