As 2020-2021 farming season is just around the corner where most farming activities need to be bankrolled, Malawi farmers can breathe a sigh of relief as research shows most companies contracted to supply MWK4495 under the newly rolled out Affordable Input Program are almost ready to start selling these fertilizers.
The Minister of Agriculture’s visit in some of the warehouses for the companies contracted in AIP on Thursday afternoon in Capital Lilongwe established that all the companies he visited are almost over 96% ready to roll out selling activities of these fertilizers.
Speaking to all directors for the companies visited, the Agriculture Minister Lobin Lowe told the directors point blank to not dare do any kind of corruption in implementation of AIP as this will surely bring the companies in bad books with government and subsequently be blacklisted as corrupt companies that need not pry their trade in Malawi again.
Lowe however commended the companies he visited for their readiness and passion in complementing the implementation of AIP which according to the minister will lead to bumper yields come harvesting time next year.
He again asked the directors of these companies to make sure that all challenges that may affect smooth implementation of this program to be sorted out now so that farmers in rural areas where the targeted beneficiaries are located should not spend much time queuing on meandering lines in their selling points waiting to buy these farm inputs.
“As a ministry, we do not need to experience the same challenges faced under FISP implementation during DPP regime where farmers were spending a lot of time in selling points of farm inputs to use their coupons in buying fertilizers either because of corrupt practices or other ma-practices and that is why I have taken this route of visiting warehouses of all the companies contracted in this year’s AIP to share with the directors of these companies ministry’s plans on how AIP should be implemented.” Lowe explained.
General Manager for Fertilizer Association Of Malawi Graham Kunimba says basing on consignment of fertilizer which is already in this country, there can be no problems even if government may decide to commence the selling of these fertilizers any day from today.
General Manager for ETG, Paresh Kiri says he is also 100% ready to support the new government in revitalizing Agriculture sector through provision of desirable farm inputs on Malawi market and he added that his company has already stocked fertilizer in almost all its selling points across the country.
Lowe made this surprise visit to over six (6) companies mostly located in Kanengo industrial site in capital Lilongwe and he says he is going to visit almost all companies contracted in AIP so that he can have first hand information on how ready these companies are in working with his ministry.