Parliamentary committee fears AIP heading to a flop: MP Suleman says Chakwera should be in control of things

Parliamentary committee on Agriculture members on Tuesday quizzed ministry of Agriculture officials on glitches facing the affordable farm input program (AIP).

Suleman: AIP is Chakwera’s flagship program and he should be in control 

A senior member of the committee has said the program is heading towards disaster.

But ministry of Agriculture  officials are upbeat the program will go on smoothly and all the beneficiaries will get the heavily subsidized farm inputs.

Principal Secretary I’m the ministry of Agriculture, Erica Maganga says 22% of the targeted farmers in the Affordable Input Program have managed to access the fertilizer and the ministry is optimistic that the program will reach all its targeted farmers by 31st December 2020.

She told the committee that Admarc has now been brought in the program and is expected to supply 17 000 metric tons.

Meanwhile, she said the number of beneficiaries has  reduced from 4.2 million to 3.6 million beneficiaries.

Maganga said this is due to removal of ghost beneficiaries and some beneficiaries who left the country.

But Sameer Suleman, Parliamentary Agriculture Commitee chairperson has expressed fears that the program may flop if not careful.

He said the decision to bring Admarc on board has come a bit late as it will be a challenge for Admarc to transport the fertilizer in good time.

“I am calling upon President Lazarus Chakwera to be in control of things, he should come in to address challenges facing the program as this is his program.

“I am afraid the program will get to February next year, and if that happens the program will be useless,” said Suleman.

Agriculture officials have labeled network hitches as being a major setback for the program.

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Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
1 month ago

Fund the bill by reducing costs with portions from: allowances, unnecessary travels and state residences. These cost reductions should be able to meet the bill.

Zolo
Zolo
1 month ago

Its a matter of joining forces, of late i have observed minister kazako & Hon. Mtambo supporting minister of agriculture thumbs up for that one. However there is need for more support from other ministers. This AIP program is very crucial & significant for the greater good. Mind you whenever one wants to make achievents it is at the very same time charlatans comes to pull you down, spare no room for sour grapes.

Mbwenu Naluta
Mbwenu Naluta
1 month ago

Chakwera can not control anything. He failed to control a political party when the likes of Kabwira, Lunguzi, Kaliwo, Njobvuyalema and the rest jumped ship when they saw that the captain at the helm couldn’t steer it as it were. Now you expect the same person to manage a countrywide crisis? Not at all. As Malawians, we just have to live with the calamity we chose until when time comes for us to head to the polls again. Unfortunately, by that time things will be bad. This will be the worst government Malawi has ever experienced. 23rd December 2020 will… Read more »

Che Bauleni
Che Bauleni
1 month ago

When Mpinganjira was saying Chakwera is Mr Talk Talk ,you gave him all source of names to clear the name of Chakwera .From the way th AIP has been managed I dont think some one may work up today and claim that we have a caring government .As i am writing this comment most farmers in Phalombe have planted their maize but they have not managed to buy the cheap fertizer .When they go to markets to buy the commodity ,what they get is network problem ,high commodity price up to 15 pin and spleeping on empty stomach at the… Read more »

guest
guest
1 month ago
Reply to  Che Bauleni

ine kwathu ku Chiradzulu south tagula kale…zinazi mukungowonjezera, ogulitsa atengera advantage kumanamizila network…kuno ku Chiradzulu South tagula kale ndipo sitinanamizidwe za network sitinaimve imeneyo ndipo akanangoyelekeza kunamizila network akanaziwanso, midzi ngat Matope, Siliya, Mpezeni, Losa, pitani mukafunse

kay
kay
1 month ago
Reply to  guest

you are a liar. Losa wake uti.

Kwitanda
Kwitanda
1 month ago

Vendors are buying the beneficiary’s National IDs in order to use them to buy the cheap fertilizer. Every Malawian knows that this time of the season farmers have no money and they have no food. They can not afford afford to raise K12000.00 to redeem fertilizer. Govt should be implementing this program during marketing season that is May to August

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
1 month ago

The ministry is not into grips with the reality of the planting season in our country. By 31 December, every individual is deemed to have planted seeds and applied both types of the fertilizer assuming it rains in all parts of the country early December. Just accept that the whole system is so risky and plan B ( emmergent strategy) should have been applied to offset the delays and clear the congestion.

Kanchenga
Kanchenga
1 month ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

Bwana obviously you are not a farmer so you are forgiven the wrong statement of farming calender. But indeed ADMARC should have managed the whole program or at least a major part of it not bringing them in late. Bwana Chakwera you can’t run this race better using the same legs that failed Peter. One thing you should know is that Peter always wished this country well but he trusted and defended the wrong legs to run his race. Farmers world muli atc.. And you are using the same legs when you should have worked on ADMARC . Bull doze… Read more »

Mapopa
Mapopa
1 month ago
Reply to  Kanchenga

Lets hope next year, the government will change the system, otherwise this has failed. To say the fact, anthu akuvutika ndithu.

Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
1 month ago

Kaya zanu zimenezo

Hope
Hope
1 month ago

Even 31 December is useless. Anthu amakhala atabandira kale in some districts

Segwe
Segwe
1 month ago

Promises Promises promises!!! TIYENI NAZO

phiri
1 month ago

I TOLD YOU THAT IF LEAVING CALLING BY GOD AND START YOUR THINGS, I DOES NOT WORK.THE WORK REV,CHAKWERA CHOOSE HAS ALOT OF BAD THINGS NOT FITTING A MAN OF GOD.HE IS NOT IN CONTROL OF THINGS.LET HIM GOBACK TO HIS CALLING THATS HIS HOME.

Kanchenga
Kanchenga
1 month ago
Reply to  phiri

And you are still saying it. Don’t you know that its a foolish statement

John Custom
John Custom
1 month ago
Reply to  Kanchenga

That’s why Kamuzu Band used to be minister of Agriculture

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