Malawi to move from coupon to biometric system in fertiliser subsidy

Malawi Government will abolish the coupon system of identifying beneficiaries in the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISIP) and start biometric system, President Peter Mutharika has said.

Mutharika in his inaugural speech on Monday in Blantyre said in the next agricultural season, government will introduce a finger print system that will only give opportunity to the targeted beneficiary to access the cheap farm inputs.

“We want to make Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) available to all subsistence farmers and to improve the delivery of the system,” said the Malawi leader.

The  fertiliser
The fertiliser

“We will implement a biometric system where beneficiaries will use fingerprints. We will also introduce a subsidy programme on cement and iron sheets,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika said he will not take a softer line for those trying to steal fertilizer meant for the poor.

The Malawi new leader also disclosed government’s intentions to invest in the green belt initiative in order to allow the country produce more than enough food.

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