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Lazarus Chakwera celebrates women

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Lobin Lowe

President Lazarus Chakwera Thursday hailed the role women play in society.

Chakwera was speaking in his special address to the nation on the occasion of Mothers’ Day celebrations.

“A mother has a special place in her children’s heart which cannot be filled by anyone else. The children also have a special place in their mothers’ heart which cannot be filled by anyone else. It is therefore important that every year on this occasion we commemorate the role of women in our lives.

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“It doesn’t matter if our mothers are still with us today or they are gone. Whatever the case, their contribution to our lives is permanent and has to be celebrated,” the President said.

Chakwera said he will ensure that all mothers are respected.

“Giving birth is very important and government must ensure that expectant women are being accorded all the dignity and support up to delivery and when caring for the babies,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the President will tomorrow launch the 2020/21 Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP).

A statement signed by Secretary to the President and Cabinet Zangazanga Chikhosi says the function will take place at Pirimiti Boys Primary School Ground in Zomba.

Government terminated the Farm Input Subsidy Programme and replaced it with AIP as a way of trying to assist small-scale farmers to access cheap farm inputs.

Speaking on July 31 during a press briefing in Lilongwe, Minister of Agriculture, Lobin Lowe, said his ministry terminated Fisp after observing the numerous challenges farmers were facing with the programme.

The new programme is expected to cover all smallholder farming households in Malawi who are estimated at 4,279,100.

Through the program, each smallholder farmer will be entitled to access one 50 kilogramme (kg) bag of Urea and one 50kg bag of NPK at K4,495 each.

The farmers will also be getting either one pack of 5kg hybrid maize seed or one pack of 7kg OPV maize seed at K2,000.

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