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Fisp probe starts Friday

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Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development said it will start assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp) to the intended beneficiaries in Blantyre, Friday.

Committee Chairperson, Joseph Chidanti Malunga, explained on Thursday that the committee will visit warehouses belonging to Smallholder Farmers Fertiliser Revolving Fund of Malawi where suppliers used to keep fertiliser.

The committee was supposed to carry out the exercise on Friday last week but it was postponed because of the death of Member of Parliament for Nsanje Lalanje Constituency Sam Ganda.

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“There are several issues we intend to look into during this assessment, such as how distribution process was done and every activity that was involved. It is a huge task because there are several warehouses the committee intends to visit,” he said.

Early this month, the committee met officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development where they strategised on how to assess Fisp.

During the meeting, representatives of the committee and officials from the Ministry of Agriculture agreed to start inspecting the warehouses of the suppliers of the inputs to review their performance.

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Some quarters have been urging the government to abolish the programme due to mismanagement.

Other Civil Society Organisations suggested that assessment of Fisp should not be trivialised because the programme has been characterised by corruption.

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