The Economists Association of Malawi (ECAMA) has reiterated that the farm inputs subsidy program (FISP) is not helping Malawi given the country’s economic base.
ECAMA President, Henry Kachaje, said that FISP is failing to produce tangible results despite having massive donor support since its inception during the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s reign.
“As it is clear that donors are not resuming their budgetary support to the country any sooner, government must make sure that its policies in the agricultural sector, which is still a major economic base for Malawi, are revisited to make sure that it benefit the country,” said Kachaje.
Kachaje further said that government should make sure that marketing elements are there and farmers are civic educated on how to manage agriculture as a business that can earn them millions.
Kachaje then called on stakeholders including banks to help small holder farmers and medium scale farmers in their farming.