Transglobe Produce Export Limited is one of the 21 companies that have been awarded contracts in the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp).
The 21 companies have been awarded contracts to supply fertilizer in different quantities amounting to K50.7 billion.
According to a list of successful bidders we have seen, Transglobe, which was last year embroiled in controversy over the purchase of maize from Zambia— dubbed Maizegate— is expected to supply 10,000 metric tonnes of Urea and NPK amounting to K3 billion.
But the Company’s Operations Director, Rashid Tayub, who was arrested together with former Agriculture minister George Chaponda in connection with Maizegate, said in an interview on Thursday his company was ready for the assignment.
“I am not aware of that. We have not been informed. But we are ready. We have been operating in this country for over 30 years. We are capable of doing that assignment,” Tayub said.
Transglobe is expected to supply fertilizer to Lilongwe, Thyolo, Mulanje, Zomba, Salima, Mangochi, Nsanje, Balaka, Phalombe, Dedza and Ntcheu.
But the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, which probed Maizegate jointly with the Public Accounts Committee (Pac) committee of Parliament, said it is concerned with the development.
Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture Chairperson, Joseph Chidanti Malunga, described the development as “unfortunate” in an interview.
“I have not seen that document. But if it is indeed true that Transglobe is there, then it is very unfortunate. As you are aware, Transglobe has issues with the Anti- Corruption Bureau. As a committee, we will find out the truth about what you are saying,” Malunga said.
However, it is ETG Inputs Limited which has been awarded the biggest contract. The company will, powered by a K6 billion-worth contract, supply 20,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer to 23 districts across the country.
Farmers World Limited and Worldwide Wholesalers Limited have each been awarded contracts to supply 16,000 metric tonnes to the tune of K4.8 billion.
Other companies awarded contracts worth K3 billion each to supply 10,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer are Kulima Gold Limited, KU Distributors Limited, Mass International, Rab Processors Limited, Paramount Holdings Limited,
Dalitso General Suppliers has been awarded a contract to supply 9, 000 metric tonnes to the tune of K2.7 billion while Optichem (2000) Limited, Agora Limited, Agriculture Trading Company and Lords Best Collection have each been awarded contracts to supply 8,000 metric tonnes amounting to K2.4 billion.
Midima Holdings Limited will supply 5, 000 metric tonnes of fertilizer at the value of K1.5 billion while Nyiombo Investments Limited will supply 4, 000 metric tonnes at K1.2 billion.
Initial Investment and Simama Genera Dealers will each supply 2, 000 metric tonnes at K600 million.
Agro Input Suppliers Limited, Malawi Fertilizer Company Limited and AL Limited have each been awarded contracts to supply 1, 000 metric tonnes of fertilizer at K300 million.
Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development spokesperson, Osborne Tsoka, yesterday said he could only comment after seeing the list.
“We contracted Smallholder Farmers Fertilizer Revolving Fund (SFFRFM) to identify the companies to supply the subsidized fertilizer. We are still waiting for the outcome of the exercise. I can, therefore, not comment on the matter, as SFFRFM has not yet given us the final list,” Tsoka said.
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