Member of Parliament (MP) for Thyolo Thava, Mary Navicha, has commended President Peter Mutharika for the vision that he has for the country as demonstrated through his leadership and commitment to improve the lives of the people of Malawi.
Navicha was contributing towards 2016/17 National Budget which was presented to parliament by Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe.
She said the improvement is through the various programs such as public works, cash transfer, community colleges, malata and cement subsidy and farm input subsidy just to mention a few.
“His visionary and transformational leadership is not only seen in the way he has continuously strategize the country development but also in the way he has valued the contribution of every Malawian in shaping the destination for our country that includes leadership,” said Navicha.
She said going through the budget document as presented gives her a hope that as a nation we are geared towards recovery sustainable social economic development and therefore our vision in 2016/17.
“This is evident Mr. Speaker Sir, in the way government have prioritize key sectors of our strategic development goals,” she explained.
Navicha said she was delighted to see the increase in the capital estimates to various ministries such as agriculture, irrigation and water development.
She said, “Mr. Speaker Sir, food is a basic necessity and water is life, I therefore wish to thank the government for the various plans and programs that has lined up to avert the hunger and food shortage that have been projected to hit the country as a result of natural geological factors like disaster and drought”.
She said she was particularly happy to note that the capital development budget under the ministry has increased by approximately 134 percent from 2015/16 financial year with the majority increase on irrigation projects and focus on agriculture research stations as the president assured the nation that ‘no person should die of hunger’.
Navicha then requested government through the budget line to provide more relief food and increase the number of beneficiaries and open more ADMARC depots and ensure that there are sufficient stocks of maize as well as intensify irrigation by providing necessary tools and farm inputs to grow winter cropping.