Jul 23, 2018 Last Updated 1:53 PM, Jul 20, 2018


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The distribution of Coupons under the Farm Input Subsidy Programme-FISP is expected to start before the end of September.

The Director of Planning in the Ministry of Agriculture, Alex Namawona, has disclosed this, explaining that this year’s programme is well on track.

Numerous challenges have been faced in the implementation of the programme during the previous farming seasons.

This year, over K100 Million Malawi has been used to print the coupons in the United States.

The ministry is currently working n identifying suppliers for the programme.

The Malawian Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) has received praise as a proactive policy that has transformed the nation's food security.

Yet irreconcilable differences exist between maize production estimates distributed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the Malawi Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MoAFS) and the National Statistical Office (NSO) of Malawi.

The FISP programme is the brainchild of Malawi’s former late President Bingu wa Mutharika.

It enables farmers to access farm input products at cheaper prices they can afford.

However for the past couple of years the programme has been criticised over how it is implemented with some accusing those behind it of being corrupt.

There have been allegations that the inputs do not benefit poor farmers which require them most.

The 2016/17 Farm Input and Subsidy Program (FISP) will see seven traders retailing in Ntcheu district alone.

Malawi has fixed the price of farm inputs in the 2016/2017 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP).

The ever-increasing price of fertilizer in Malawi is pushing producers to increase production for the local market.

The Malawi opposition believes it is paramount for the issue of the increment of secondary school fees and phasing out of the Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) to be debated completely by the national assembly before the government makes a concrete solution on the matter.

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