As the Chakwera’s government continues serving the general public to their expectation, it has been revealed that the much talked program of providing affordable Inputs to smallholder farmers has started taking its desired sharp according to what the Minister of Agriculture said at a press briefing held on Friday afternoon in Capital Lilongwe.
Addressing the media, the Agriculture Minister Lobin Lowe, MP, indicated that in almost three weeks in the selling period of these affordable inputs, the Ministry has gone beyond what the former regime under Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) sees is their highest achievement which they achieved at their normal operation of more than three (3) months.
“The Affordable Inputs Cummulative sales as of Thursday 26 Nov, 2020 show that a total of 3 208 491 redemptions have been made which represents a total of 104,683.15MT. This tonnage represents 2 093 663 bags of both NPK and Urea fertilizers. This is above 90 000MT which DPP was distributing to farmers and top DPP officials who could just get coupons and claim money from government without supplying any input.” Lowe narrated.
The Minister added that the 104, 686.15MT which has already been sold in space of three weeks represents 55, 884.3MT which is 1, 117 686 bags of NPK fertilizer and 48,798.85MT which is 975 977 bags of Urea fertilizer is a landmark considering that there were some network challenge which affected this program in the first two weeks of AIP implementation.
He also highlighted that 5,574.14MT which represents 1, 114 828 packs of seed have so far been sold to farmers and since there is a big improvement in sales which have been seen in the past week, the Ministry is optimistic that by end December, all farmers targeted in this program will have bought their packages.
It is believed that under FISP, more coupons were just shared among DPP gurus who could just demand payment for goods they never delivered and since the electronic system gives no one a chance to still from government, many people who used to this theft are advocating for abandonment of this Biometric system and go back to manual system so that they can continue stealing from government.
After getting Friday’s update, many Malawians have commended the progress which has been made as over 28% has been redeemed in three week which gives the general public hope that surely AIP is a way to go