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Experts Hail Subsidy Program

Experts have hailed the Farm Input Subsidy Program FISP, saying the initiative has helped to improve food security in the country.

Under the program, the poor of the poorest access farm inputs like fertilizer on a government subsidized price.

The experts have however described the unavailability of the inputs in most selling points as the main challenge paralyzing the initiative.

The observations were highlighted on Friday during an Agriculture Policy Dialogue organized by Civil Society Agriculture Network in Lilongwe.

Making his presentation, Dr. Blessings Chinsinga of Chancellor College said FISP has helped Malawi produce surplus food but said there are challenges that make the program look bad.

“As a country we need the subsidy program. We are producing more because of the program but lack of clarity of the objective of the program is the biggest challenge,” said Chinsinga

Reacting on the observations, Controller of Agricultural Extension and Technical Services in the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Development, Dr. Wilfred Lipita said the most important thing was to find ways of ironing out the challenges dogging the FISP.

CISANET National Coordinator Tamani Nkhono-Mvula said his organization convened the meeting to accord the citizens an opportunity to voice out the view on FISP—Zodiak Online

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