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Universal Fertilizer Subsidy Buried in the Sand…Chakwera to Launch Affordable Inputs Programme

By Glory Msowoya

File: Minister of Agriculture Robin Lowe briefs President Lazarus Chakwera about farm inputs status when he visited Smallholder fertilizer revolving fund warehouse in Lilongwe

Blantyre , October 16 , Mana; All eyes will turn  to Zomba on Saturday as President Dr Lazarus Chakwera is expected to launch the most anticipated Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP).

According to the Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi, the President will launch the programme at Pirimiti Boys Primary School ground at Jali in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mwambo, Zomba district.

The Programme will see government using biometric system which would enable farmers to procure fertilizer and maize seed from approved suppliers.

Recently, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Robin Lowe told journalists during a Press briefing that government has targeted 4.2 million smallholder farmers to benefit from the programme.

He added that the move was to help the country attain food security at household and national levels.

Based on the 4.2 million beneficiaries, the Ministry plans to procure a total of 213,955 metric tonnes of Urea, 213 955 metric tonnes of NPK and 21 396 metric tonnes of Maize seed to accessed by smallholder Farmers.

In the 2020/2021 national budget government has allocated about mK150 billion for AIP.

During the campaign President Chakwera then opposition leader promised Malawians Universal Fertilizer Subsidy only to change tune after being elected.

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