Concerned farmers in Machinga have asked government to move in fast to stop vendors from disrupting and monopolizing the purchase of fertilizer in the ongoing Affordable Input Program (AIP).
The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) says its fertilizer market survey has found minimal challenges in compliance with standards such as under-weight and over-weight.
The Magistrate’s Court in Chikwawa has ruled that three people that were found with 913 bags of fertilizer early December last year have a case to answer.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security says mobile markets are the only options to ease congestion and struggles in buying farm inputs under the Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP) registered in most selling points across the country.
Police in Chikwawa have intercepted two trucks full of bags of fertilizer heading to Blantyre amid growing concerns that a lot of people are struggling to access the farm inputs from the Affordable Input Program (AIP).
Beneficiaries of Affordable Input Programme (AIP) in Thyolo and Phalombe have complained of poor network and overpricing of inputs calling upon government to move in and address the challenges.