Parly Agriculture Committee Unhappy With AIP Seed Pricing
The parliamentary committee on agriculture insists that it still needs to meet President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera on challenges rocking the country’s agriculture sector.
The development comes despite government’s announcement that fertilizer prices will now be at K27,000 with subsidized farmer’s contributions set at K7,500 and a 5 kg cereal seed pack fixed at K3,365.
Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture Sameer Suleman fears that farmers cannot afford the pricing, hence still pushing for an audience with the head of state.
Statehouse Director of Communications Sean Kampondeni has told us the president is currently on a tight schedule and communication will be made in due course.
Among other issues, the committee wants to bring to the president’s attention issues to do with the establishment of a fertilizer factory and placement of legumes in the Affordable Inputs Program.
However, the number of beneficiaries under the AIP has been maintained at 3.7 million farming households as indicated by President Lazarus Chakwera last month.
From the K141.9875 billion which was allocated towards AIP, K12.25 billion will be used for seed purchases, K124.74 billion will be used for purchasing fertilizer, K1.26 billion for purchases of goats.