Minister Lowe describes AIP a success despite challenges: Hits 90 per cent redemption rate

Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe has  labelled the 2020/21 Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP)  a “success” and announced that  it ends on 20th February 2021.

Ministers of Agriculture Lobin Lowe adressing the media at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. Pic (C) Daniel Namwini-Mana
Ministers of Infomation Gospel Kazako (L) adressing the media at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. Pic (C) Daniel Namwini-Mana

Lowe speaking at a news conference  held at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC)in Lilongwe  on Thursday  said the programme made “ a landmark achievement of getting over  90 percent redemption rate.

He said out of 3 788 105 targeted farmers, 3 391 440 smallholder farmers had redeemed their 2 bags of 50kgs each while 2 662 340 targeted farmers had redeemed seeds by 30th January 2021.

“Despite the challenges we met, I can assure the farmers and the public that in the next two weeks remains 300 000 sales will have been completed, as the selling season is expected to close by February 20, 2021.

“We expect to realize over four million tons of total harvest which will give the country a huge surplus of maize indicating a good bye to hunger,” Lowe said.

Lowe said this year’s maize harvest projection is at 4 million metric tonnes. He attributed this to AIP as well as good rains this country is receiving.

He added that by 30th January 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture had received an invoice of K108.0 billion from fertiliser suppliers and K11.8 billion from seed suppliers and the Ministry has so far paid K77 billion.

Lowe said the tripling of beneficiaries of AIP has reduced the afflictions between locals and the chiefs in the country.

“We have finally given the chiefs the peace and the respect they deserved because there was no selective registration of beneficiaries,” he added.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Gospel Kazako said time has come for Malawians to no longer sleep on empty stomachs due to shortage of food.

“The Tonse government does not politicize on farming because we count on all citizens as the rightful beneficiaries in all government projects.

“Although we are sailing in troubled waters due to Covid 19 pandemic, government wants to assure the citizens that all development plans and projects which were made known or were not will be implemented in case, all what we need is patience and unity to see light at the end of the tunnel,” he alluded.

According to the two Ministers, government has all in place to develop its citizens in all dimensions regardless of the region.—Additional reporting by Alfred Chauwa, Nyasa Times.

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Good riddance
5 months ago

This project was POORLY ORGANIZED. They should have opened distribution centers in every ward for better access and accountability.

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
5 months ago

It was all promising like this in 2018 when it was raining fairly well until mid January when the rains stopped abruptly for over 3 weeks. The crops went dry just as is the case now around Balaka and in some parts of the southern region. Wait until we harvest, then you can measure success or failure.

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
5 months ago

This is a good achievement but next growing season include those of us who get meagre salaries especially in private sectors.The little we grow contributes to the success of our country.I have noticed that there are still problems in the identity of beneficiaries as chiefs favour their relatives or friends.Regionalism is also rampant as small holder farmers who have migrated to some region are left out.Please minister Lowe we are all MALAWIANS.

Mpakateni
5 months ago

In the wake of the impending chop, he is trying to justify his stay in the Cabinet. By the way is this man Lobin or Robin? Trying to Chewalize English names?

#ThisistheGovernmentofthepeople
#ThisistheGovernmentofthepeople
5 months ago

The Minister of AIP subsidy. For the Ministry of Subsidy

Noxy
5 months ago

Ithere pompa program imeneyi no freebies on my taxes universal subsidy be the next just slash down the price of the bag of fertilizer to K12,000.00 the actual subsidy cost and all deserving farmers to buy this year it was a mess to see people waiting for restoration of network for 3days and people ending up buying the bag at K8000.00 due to bribes to buy early.

Last edited 5 months ago by Noxy
Nyekhwe the nyex
Nyekhwe the nyex
5 months ago

Talk talk talk government just talks. Pa mawa tisamve kuti kuli njala and u blame it on Covid. Tizakungendani.

goodson
goodson
5 months ago

Good so next year we should not hear that money is being set aside to tackle hunger. You will be quoted.

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