18 November 2016 Last updated at: 8:24 AM
Distribution of Fisp coupons to begin Monday
The Malawi Government says it will start distributing coupons under the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) on Monday.
Fisp National Deputy Coordinator Osborne Tsoka made the revelation in an interview with the local media.
He said for the first time government has contracted 27 private companies to take part in distributing subsidy coupons and fertilizer as a way of making the programme effective.
Tsoka said private companies have been involved to ensure that the program is successful.
He explained that this year’s coupons will have not less than seven security features which is an improvement compared to last year’s.
“This year’s coupons have several features as such the cases of fake ones will not be registered,” he explained.
Tsoka however emphasised that companies that will be found with fake coupons will face losses since government will not take any responsibility for the fake coupons.
The coupons are expected to be distributed in all parts of the country and will allow beneficiaries to buy farm inputs at cheap prices.
Meanwhile, 3.6 million coupons are expected to be printed while the process of identifying the beneficiaries has been finalized.
Meanwhile, government has warned the public at large that it will not spare anyone involved in corruption during the process.
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