Govt should expedite AIP – CISANET

The Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) is eying for a year of plenty harvest in the 2020/2021 farming season.

The expected good harvest is on the count of the rainfall outlook which has indicated that there is going to be normal to above normal rainfall across the country.

Speaking to YFM online, CISANET National Director, Pamela Kuwali, said it is important for the ministry of agriculture to begin the 4.2 million farmers which government is targeting this year. in time to enable farmers prepare for the season.

Kuwali said this is a the right time to start preparing for the distribution of affordable farm inputs.

She said: “If the AIP will be implemented effectively then we should expect that 2021 will be one of the best years of farming in Malawi.”

She further requested the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) to always be ready with early warning information because the above normal rainfall can cause flooding.

AIP will target 4.2 million smallholder farmers and government has estimated that 6.8 million metric tons of maize will be realized in 2020/21 growing season.

Each smallholder farmer will be entitled to access a 50kg bag of Urea, a 50kg bag of 23:10:5+6S+1.0Zn (NPK) and either a pack of 5kg hybrid maize seed or a pack of 7kg OPV maize seed.

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