Tags: FISP

Fisp budget up 54%

  The Budget for the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) has jumped by at least 54 percent. Blaming the sharp increase on the depreciating kwacha and donors’ decision not to help finance it, Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Gondwe said in his Mid Year Budget Review Statement in Parliament in Lilongwe yesterday that…

FISP suppliers owed k35bn

Just two months after clearing bills owed to suppliers of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp), government has yet again accumulated K35 billion (about $47.6million) in arrears, The Nation has learnt. According to the 22nd 2015/16 Fisp Logistics Report dated February 9 2016, the amount does not include interest incurred because most of the invoices…

Goodall adamant on Fisp

  Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe on Tuesday hit back at critics of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp), insisting that government will not abandon implementation of the initiative. Instead, Gondwe, speaking in an interview in Lilongwe, said going forward, government is redesigning Fisp to ensure that beneficiaries graduate after some…

Fisp delays raise fears of low harvest

There are fears of low crop harvest in Chitipa, Nkhata Bay and Nsanje districts as some farmers are yet to receive fertiliser under the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) one month after the first rains. Government, however, says farmers should not worry as it has already dispatched the bags that should be distributed within the…

‘Malawi agro sector archaic, needs overhaul’

  Malawi’s agricultural sector has been branded inefficient, technologically backward and not in line with the country’s vision of becoming a predominantly exporting nation. Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) and Civil Society Agriculture Network (CisaNet) point to lack of adequate extension and research services, failure by Lilongwe to strategically allocate resources in the sector and…

Fisp suppliers owed K11bn

  Transporters and suppliers of fertiliser under the 2015/16 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) are owed about K11 billion (about $17.5million), a development that threatens the initiative already riddled with logistical bottlenecks. According to a Fisp Logistics Report dated December15 2015, government was supposed to pay to the suppliers and transporters K10 billion (about $15.9million)…

Analysts warn Fisp delays recipe for hunger

  Analysts have warned that continued logistical delays in distribution of inputs under the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) could be a recipe for poor harvest this season. The concerns follow the recent release of a fertiliser distribution logistics report dated December 8 2015 indicating that government has delivered 45 926 metric tonnes (MT) of…

Govt unveils Fisp ‘exit’ plan

  Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development says the 2015/16 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) beneficiaries will be removed from the list of recipients next year as government moves to make the subsidy more sustainable. This announcement by minister responsible, Allan Chiyembekeza, on Tuesday comes against the background of concerns from stakeholders over Fisp’s…

Govt scraps seed subsidy

  As Malawi’s fiscal crisis deepens, government has scrapped the seeds component from the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp), the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development confirmed on Monday. The move—coming a month after The Nation revealed that donors will not support the seed component because government mismanaged funds—means that 1.5 million poor farmers…

  In the awake of the International Monetary Fund’s revelation that the economic programme in Malawi is off-track, the World Bank wants government to review some policies to improve economic performance. The Bank is concerned about government borrowing, the huge wage bill and the subsidy programme. In particular, the IMF has singled out the K50…

MJ council meeting adjourns over poor reporting

Mulanje District Council chairperson Manuel Bambala on Tuesday suspended a full council meeting due to what members described as poor and unprofessional reporting by the house’s service committees. The adjournment came a few minutes after Bambala was re-elected chairperson of the council. There were murmurs when Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee chairperson, councillor Lydia Kathumba,…

Govt abandons the poor in fisp

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development is introducing a new system of identifying beneficiaries for the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) which will sideline the poor and marginalised from accessing low-cost fertiliser and seed in the coming growing season. When Fisp was introduced in 2005, the target was “the poorest of the poor”,…

FOOD CRISIS: Despair as hunger expected to ravage 2.8 million

Food security and fiscal authorities on Thursday were dodgy on specifics of how they will combat hunger amid growing fears that the food crisis could be worse than previously thought. The 2015 Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (Mvac) report that The Nation has seen shows that around 2.8 million Malawians—roughly 20 percent of the 16 million…

AGRICULTURE SECTOR BUDGET QUESTIONED

Some non-State actors have faulted allocations in recent annual budgets, arguing they are not reflective of Malawi’s long-term development agenda such as the discarded Vision 2020. The expert, however, say the 2015/16 fiscal plan, just like other recently implemented annual budgets, only focuses or concentrates on short-term special programmes such as the Farm Input Subsidy…

FISP Reforms cut out middle-man

The move means that government will no longer be inviting tenders for the supply of fertiliser and seeds under Fisp as beneficiaries will choose which agro-dealer to buy from, according to Treasury spokesperson Nations Msowoya.eforms in the Farm Input Subisidy Programme (Fisp) have—effective in the 2015/16 National Budget—cut out suppliers and transporters, The Nation has…

Budget outlines govt’s priority areas

Some of government’s priority areas highlighted in the 2015/16 financial year include the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) which Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe said plays an important role in enabling ordinary Malawians to access key agricultural inputs. Gondwe said government would continue with the implementation of the programme, maintaining its target of reaching out to…

Malawi launches 2014/15 Fisp

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development on Tuesday launched the 2014/15 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) in Chitipa for farmers to start buying the inputs. However, despite the launch, some parts of the country are yet to receive the subsidised inputs, according to recent investigations by The Nation and a report by the…