21, 000 already purchased AIP-Kawale

By Chisomo Phiri

Agriculture Minister Sam Kawale says 21,000 people have already purchased farm inputs under the Affordable Inputs Program (AIP) since October 20, 2023.

Speaking after visiting some AIP selling points in Neno Tuesday, Kawale said some districts will start accessing inputs this week as there were some errors, but advised the beneficiaries against selling, stating the government will not take responsibility.

“I am happy to report that 21,000 people have redeemed their inputs,” said Kawale.

Hon Sam Kawale

Kawale disclosed that the ministry had put in deliberate modalities to ensure that hard-to-reach areas are prioritised first in the delivery of the inputs citing districts like Neno, Karonga, Mangochi and Chikwawa among other areas.

The Minister has l since assured Malawians to take heart because every corner of the country will access the inputs.

President Lazarus Chakwera launched the programme on October 20, 2023 in Kasungu district.

A total of K109.8 billion is allocated towards the programme, of which K102 billion is earmarked for fertiliser purchases, K6.5 billion for seed, K585 million for goats and K67 million for operations.