President Dr Lazarus Chakwera is highly concerned with pockets of problems affecting smooth implementation of the K160 billion Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP) and has promised that his administration is working round the clock to ensure every eligible farmer accesses the cheap farm inputs, a State House official said on Monday.
Presidential Press Secretary Brian Banda disclosed this at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre yesterday, during the Weekly Brief Session, saying last Thursday the President called for a cabinet meeting which tackled in depth issues affecting AIP and said these will be resolved.
“The President is fully aware of challenges facing AIP. Yes there are problems here and there but farmers are still purchasing the inputs. Let us not just focus on problems. There are also a number of success stories as far as AIP is concerned,” said Banda.
Malawi’s economy heavily relies on agriculture and the Tonse Administration promised the nation to boost agricultural productivity in the country through realigning of policies guiding the sector and enabling over 4 million farmers access affordable inputs commencing this farming season.