Chiefs bemoan 2014/2015 FISP
Almost 250 people of Group Village Headman Austin in the area of T/A Makwangwala in Ntcheu district are yet to buy subsidized farm inputs through Farm Input Subsidy Program FISP.
Group village headman Austin confirmed this development in an interview with Radio Islam.
“My subjects have been returning with coupons as the subsidized inputs are no longer available in all the depots,” bemoaned group village headman Austin.
He said when they lodged the complaint to the district commissioner, they were told to wait but up now no communication has been made on the issue.
Reacting to the concern spokesperson in the Ministry of Agriculture Sara Tione said the ministry did not receive any complaint regarding the 2014-2015 farm input subsidy program.
“The ministry has its agricultural officers in all the districts who report such cases to them and we are still waiting to hear from them,” Tione said.
She however admitted to have faced some challenges during the 2014-2015 program but was quick to say that it was a result of floods and hailstorms.
Tione therefore said that the Ministry of Agriculture will do nothing on the issue unless the district agriculture officers report it.
When radio Islam contacted programs officer for Kalondolondo program Jephter Mwanza who monitors and evaluates the program to comment on the matter he said could not comment because they are expected to conduct a research in April.