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HRDC APPLAUDS AGRICULTURE MINISTRY-Says AIP has registered success despite challenges

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The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has applauded Ministry of Agriculture for a good progress the Ministry has registered in the implementation of this year’s farm inputs subsidy called Affordable Inputs Program (AIP).

Agriculture minister Lobin Lowe, MP, addressing AIP beneficiaries at Zalewa in Neno

The coalition has made the remarks this morning at their press briefing in Lilongwe saying despite many challenges the Ministry encountered during the first weeks in the implementation of the program, the program has seen over 2.3 million household families accessed their inputs which represents 64% of the targeted beneficiaries.

Farmers showing excitement after buying their affordable farm inputs

The coalition has however asked the government to form a committee which should establish what made the program to face the challenges it faced in its first weeks of implementation and come up with a comprehensive way forward for a smooth implementation of the program come next year.

Farmers buying fertilizers at Lunzu in Blantyre

Affordable Inputs Program was launched by His Excellency Dr Lazarus Chakwera, the Malawi citizen number one to replace the Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) which was targeting only 900 000 farmers who were given coupons.

Bags of fertilizer bought through mobile vending ready to be distributed to owners in Zomba

Under AIP, over 3.7 million household families have been targeted to buy two bags of Fertilizer (NPK and Urea) and a pack of cereals (maize, rice of sorghum).

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