Nkhatabay chiefs worried over delay of subsidy fertilizer

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Traditional leaders in Nkhatabay have claimed that government’s delay to distribute subsidy fertilizer will lead to more hunger in the district.

The chiefs said government is yet to distribute the farm inputs even though the names of beneficiaries were already submitted to authorities.

This is happening at a time the farming season has already begun in most parts of the district.

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Fertiliser subsidy needed in Nkhatabay reduced. (Image credit): UN.

Speaking in an interview, senior group village headman Mbaya Mphande of Chitheka village located to the west of Nkhatabay, said they have no hope that they will have access to subsidy fertilizer this year.

“This is the reason I have urged my subjects to start buying fertilizer with their money because government is proving to be unreliable. We tried to send them names but till now, nothing is cooking up from them,” he said.

The same sentiments were shared by village headman Muyangala of Kang’oma in the same district who feared his subjects might be subjected to serious food shortage next year.

He said most of his subjects being poor will not manage to buy fertilizer at a very expensive price thus they will cultivate without fertilizer.

“This will result into low yields. Obviously, we will suffer another hunger next year. This is very stressing,” he said.

Village headman Chokopeke Mkorongo of Chintheche added his stress on the issue while urging authorities to do something urgently.

But some sources told Malawi24 that government will not distribute subsidy fertilizer to residents of Nkhatabay district this year.

Though this publication could not independently confirm the claims, government is believed to have abandoned the people of Nkhatabay in as far as fertilizer subsidy is concerned because the district is already suitable for cassava farming.

Several efforts to hear government’s version of the story proved futile as Minister of Agriculture George Chaponda was not available for comment.

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  1. Ku nkhatabay anthu chimanga samachidziwatu! Amalima chinangwa ndipo msima yao ndi ya kondoole. Ndiye fertilizer akathira muchinangwa kapena! Amakonda msima youmitsa mimba anthu amenewa. Ine mpaka banja ndinalithawa nanga daily mimba nguuuu ndi kondoole! Asaaaaaa kkkkkkkkk

  2. fundo yabwino ndiyakt.boma lipeleke ndrama ku ma company omwe amagulitsa feteleza ndicholinga chakt feteleza atsike or atagulitsidwa pa k15000 koma wachigule gule pangakhale bwino.anthu omwe amawapatsa makoponi amagulitsa kwa anthu ofunda m’manja nde tinene kt apa akuthetsa njala? KUSAVA BOMA ILI KUSAVA

  3. Koma Ku mpoto anthu mutha kufanose ndinjala imakutengani bad ulesi kusalima khasu mpini okhawo muno ndiumo ziti thandiza koma atumbukanu

  4. malidala nanga ngongakamba viyo…akuvwa kuti mugomani tidamu fatilayiza isi…anganya wo akhumba kusokoto waka tunthu kuboma kuti wanthu angati aja waka chimung’umung’u.vafatilayiza vananga malu nganandi kuti fipa kuphunu waleki kuzomela mo wazomeliyanga vilimika vwajumpha.tanyaki fatilayiza tamukhumba cha kwidi po ndenga ko tagulisanga waka vo.