LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow ) — Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) has applauded Malawi government for increasing prices of fertiliser in the Farm Input Subsidy Programme which enables subsistence farmers to access seeds and fertiliser below market price.
Minister of Agriculture, Dr Allan Chiyembekeza disclosed at a media conference in Lilongwe that a total amount to be contributed by a famer has jumped from K500 to K8, 500.
Cisanet director Mr Tamani Nkhono Mvula described the development as “good enough” progress and hailed government for the “bold” decision.
He says K500 “was just too low.”
Nkhono says farmers should be contributing 30 percent while government 70 percent, but said this can be done “in phases.”
The Minister also disclosed government will involve the private sector in the subsidy programme.
Nkhono-Mvula said they are looking at “a complete takeover” by the private sector in the program.