President Chakwera hits at AIP critics
By Luke Chimwaza.
President of the Republic of Malawi, His Excellency Dr Lazarus Mccarthy Chakwera says his government will ensure attainment of better welfare of Malawians through various projects including provision of Affordable Input Programme (AIP) to needy household farmers in the country.
He was speaking at the official launch of this year’s AIP project at St Theresa Catholic Primary school in Chiradzulu district Saturday afternoon.
President Chakwera has since threatened to deal with all people who will be working on frustrating his efforts in implementation of the project.
While urging all stakeholders to be honest in selling AIP and farmers to take care of their farm products, President Chakwera has retaliated the need for combined efforts in ensuring availability of adequate food in the country.
“Changing some implementation strategies of the AIP does not mean failing to fulfil campaign promises. It is a way of making it much better and beneficial to many Malawians” He said.
“It is very expensive to treat hunger, poverty, malnutrition or other forms of problems people face but very cheaper to avoid such.” He added.
On his part minister of Agriculture Honourable Lobin Lowe said the AIP is aimed at ensuring availability of adequate food in the country. He said, in this year’s programme, Ministry of Agriculture has included Admarc to take part in supplying 100,000 metric tones of fertiliser to farmers especially in rural and hard to reach areas.
The Minister also indicated that all 164 companies that applied to participate in farm inputs selling this season have agreed to sell fertiliser at retail shop price of Mk27 000.
“The network challenges the programme faced last year will this season be an issue of the past. You may be interested also to note that security features have been added to fertilisers and maize seed to ensure farmers access original materials.” He said.
While indicating that that in Nsanje and Chikwawa 60,000 female goats will be distributed to 30,000 households as part of Affordable Input Programme, Lowe has also revealed that a taskforce comprising of officials from ministries of Trade, Information, Homeland Security and Civic education has been constituted to ensure smooth operation of the project .
Both, Senior chief Likoswe and Law maker for Chiradzulu Central Mctimes Malowa hailed the president for launching the project in Chiradzulu.