Sustain Africa advises the Malawian Parliamentarian Committee on Defence and Security regarding security measures to safeguard the fertilizer that is part of the government’s subsidy programme.
Sheila Keino, regional manager for East and Southern Africa met in February with the Malawian Parliamentarian Committee on Defence and Security to advise them on the situation regarding fertilizer supply and demand in the country. The parliamentarians focused on security measures to safeguard the fertilizer that is part of the government’s subsidy programme. That stock includes 52,000MT of fertilizer blended by Meridian using a donation of 10,000MT from OCP to the Malawian government. The blending and distribution to farmers – though the government’s subsidy programme – was organized by Sustain Africa. Keino advised the committee that inclusion of agrodealers in government programmes is paramount to the sustainability of fertilizer supply across the country. “In last year’s program, only the government agency SFFRFM distributed the fertilizer which created a number of challenges including added costs of security and longer distances travelled by the farmers.”