Minister to axe 21 firms for failing to deliver affordable fertiliser

Minister of Agriculture,  Lobin Lowe has warned the government is set to axe 21 firms in the Affordable Input Program (AIP).

Lowe:Companies have up until next week to deliver.

Lowe said that the ministry will terminate contracts of the firms because they have failed to supply the subsidised fertiliser under the program.

He was addressing a news conference in Lilongwe and said out of 82 companies, only 61 are delivering.

“We cannot keep the companies which have not yet started supplying at this time so we do not have options but to terminate the contracts,” he said.

The minister has since given the companies up until next week to deliver.

Lowe disclosed that his ministry undertook a tour in the Lower Shire where fraud was detected.

“In some instances we saw suppliers selling underweight fertilizer for example 30 Kilograms , we have closed three shops so far,” he said.

The AIP is facing numerous glitches as more than half of the fertilizer for the program remains at port in Mozambique, network problems and other logistical challenges.

This is forcing some people, mostly women, to sleep over selling shops.

The NGO Gender Coordination Network has expressed worry with women spending nights at selling points of Affordable the farm inputs, saying the trend poses a threat to their security.

Vice Chairperson of NGOGCN Desmond Mhango said that the current situation might also pose a threat to some women losing their marriages from jealousy husbands.

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Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
7 months ago

One wonders how the whole AIP process was critiqued. Clearly indicates that many “what if” questions in the critical path analysis were not probed and those probed had no answers leaving many unprobed risks.The net work system besides being slow has also unbearable glitches ;infact some names/ IDs are being denied to redeem their fertilizer. The buck stops at the President’s desk!.

Ernest Nyirenda
Ernest Nyirenda
7 months ago

Go ahead and terminate their contracts if they have failed to deliver.

We need to move forward as a nation

Selling 30kg bag instead of 50, this is day light robbery to poor Malawians

goodson
goodson
7 months ago

Abusa pachiwongolero!!!

Gumede
Gumede
7 months ago

After axing the suppliers, please keep one for yourself. You have performed badly minister.

Benjones87
Benjones87
7 months ago

Name the companies

Robert bushiri
Robert bushiri
7 months ago

The minister should resign

Khalifonya
Khalifonya
7 months ago
Reply to  Robert bushiri

“Minster”

Kelvin Bazale Dembo
Kelvin Bazale Dembo
7 months ago

#Structural violence @ work

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