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Friday, 11 August 2017 11:16

MP asks FISP contractors to reach remote areas

Written by  Aaron Toto

Ntcheu, August 11: Member of Parliament (MP) for Ntcheu West Constituency, Reverend Mwai Kamuyambeni, has asked government to intervene on the performance of contractors who were awarded Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) contracts in the district.


He said most of the contractors failed to reach out in remote areas hence making it difficult for beneficiaries to access the inputs.


In an interview with the Malawi News agency (MANA) Reverend Kamuyambeni disclosed that most of the private traders were stuck at the Boma not in rural settings.


He stressed the development forced some beneficiaries to travel a distance of over 90 kilometres to buy the inputs.


"People in my constituency were mostly affected during the retailing of the inputs as they were forced to travel long distances.


“That is not all, they were spending a day or two days before buying the inputs due to congestion at most selling points," Kamuyambeni explained.


The legislator has therefore appealed to government to award contracts to firms that are capable and able to deliver.


He added that companies should also be ready to establish depots in rural areas so as to ease mobility challenges among beneficiaries.


"There is need for these private traders to have all necessary requirements that they will reach to every part of the district and if they will not afford then, there is no way of awarding them contracts," he said.


During 2016-2017 farm input subsidy program, government awarded 60 percent contract for procurement and retailing of the inputs to private traders.


The Remaining 40 percent was shared between state controlled companies; Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC) and Smallholder Farmers Fertilizer Revolving Fund of Malawi (SFFRFM).



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