Minister of Agriculture Allan Chiyembekeza suspected a foul play on this year’s Farm Input Subsidy Program (Fisp) which experience some hitches with some districts not yet provided with the coupons or fertiliser for distribution despite it being rainy season.
Chiyembekeza in an interview monitored on public broadcaster MBC, questioned the delay by the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) in issuing out letter of accreditation to approved Fisp distributors.
The Agriculture Minister said the listed distributors need letters of approval from the central bank to purchase the needed fertiliser for distribution.
“For whatever reasons, there have been delays by Reserve Bank in issuing the letters to the accredited distributors. This affected the distribution of the farm inputs,” Chiyembekeza noted.
He, however, hailed the progress the program has made this year despite the hitches.
Government is expected to spend about K60 billion for this year’s Fisp, which is a program designed to assist subsistence farmer achieve food security at househld and national level through provision of cheap fertiliser and other farm inputs.
Major suppliers included the parastatal, Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) and Transglobe Produce Exports Limited. The other one is Export Trading Company Limited.
Some of the country’s accredited local companies to distribute this year’s Fisp include Simam,a Lab Processors, KU Investment, Mulli Brothers Limited and Small holder Fertiliser Revolving Fund of Malawi (SFFRM).
Mulli has bounced back after t he governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of President Peter Mutharika reversed the directive the People’s Party (PP) administration directed all departments and ministries to stop doing business with the company.
Government issued a memo dated August 22 2014 and addressed to all government institutions in which it stated that the ban against Mulli was no longer in force as it had been the subject of costly litigation on government’s part.
Mulli Brothers is owned by Leston Mulli and family, a known DPP sympathiser and close ally of former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :