The Malawi Government has come out of the dungeon to say that the Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) will target every farmer in the country and not the poor alone as it were.
This has come hot in the heels of incessant outages that the program has succumbed to this year.
But when addressing the media on Tuesday in the capital Lilongwe, Minister of Agriculture, Dr Allan Chiyembekeza revealed that government has registered all farmers in Malawi,totaling to 4.2 Million.
Chiyembekeza said that this year alone,1.5 Million farmers are slated to be on the list to benefit from the flagship agricultural program.
According to the Minister they had discovered that for the past five years, it has been the same people benefiting from the program and therefore they saw it fit to revisit the targets of the program.
”We saw the need to target everyone who is farming not just the poor as the trend has been at the onset of the program. We discovered that we left out other people and only saw same people benefiting each year. We believe that this will boost productivity this year.” said Chiyembekeza.
Recently, the Economists Association of Malawi (ECAMA) reiterated that the 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.