The Civil Society Agriculture Network
(CISANET) has expressed
dissatisfaction over the delay in the
distribution of farm inputs under the
trademark Farm Input Subsidy
Program (FISP) to farmers in some
districts of the country.
According to CISANET Executive
Director Tamani Nkhono-Mvula, the
delays are not a new thing as in the
other years it has always been the
case saying the whole program lacks

”If you look at the FISP this year there
is no difference in what was happening
in the previous years as there has not
been much efficiency when it comes to
the delivery of the program,” he said.




According to Nkhono-Mvula, to be
effective enough, the program requires
early preparations in the identification
of beneficiaries which are key steps
towards achieving the goals of the
He further said that the delivery of the
coupons should have been done earlier
so that the private sector was aware
on how much to deliver on the part of
Nkhono-Mvula said the involvement of
the private sector will not help a lot if
government will not do what it is
supposed to do as the success of the
program depends on government’s
FISP was launched in 2005 by former
President Bingu wa Mutharika to
provide subsistence farmers with two
coupons which can be redeemed for
two 50-kg bags of fertilizer.
The beneficiaries make a modest
contribution while government foots
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