By Patricia Kapulula MANA

Minister of Agriculture, Sam Kawale says 32.3 percent of the 2023/2024 Affordable Input Programme (AIP) fertilizer has been disbursed to the markets for farmers to redeem.

Kawale was speaking Thursday at Ministry of Agriculture headquarters at Capital Hill in Lilongwe during a press briefing on the progress of AIP.

He was optimistic that the programme will meet its implementation deadline.

During the official launch of the programme at Kavidebwele Primary School Ground in Kasungu, President Dr Lazarus Chakwera issued a 40-day ultimatum for the completion of this year’s AIP.

“So far the 96,390 farmers have purchased NPK fertilizer while 103,367 have purchased Urea. We are optimistic that farmers will be able to redeem their fertilizer within the stipulated period,” said Kawale.

However, the minister expressed concern that there are some challenges encountered in the programme which he said his ministry is rectifying.

He acknowledged reports of anomalies such that some villages or names are missing on the list.

“Some villages are found in constituencies other than theirs. I, therefore, urge all those concerned to report such anomalies. My ministry will rectify once notified,” he said.

Minister of Information and Digitalisation, Moses Kunkuyu appealed to beneficiaries to follow their area schedule for redeeming their fertilizer.

Reported by Patricia Kapulula

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