To ease your site search, article categories are at bottom of page.

November 20, 2008

Malawi triples subsidies on farming inputs

Malawi, one of Africa's poorest nations, has more than tripled its spending on subsidies this year to help 1.7m impoverished farm families buy fertilizer, agriculture authorities said in late October.

The southern African nation has spent $183m to offer the country's poorest farmers a nearly 90% discount on fertililzer, said deputy agriculture minister Frank Mwenifumbo..

"We have spent 26 billion kwacha to procure 170 000 tonnes of fertiliser. We are targetting 1.7m of the poorest of the poor farming families to benefit from this programme," Mwenifumbo said.

The same programme cost about $50m last year, but authorities fear that without the subsidy, farmers might not be able to produce enough food to guarantee the nation's food supply.

"The subsidy programme is wholly funded by the Malawi government as a deliberate policy to improve hosehold food security," Mwenifumbo said.

Beneficiaries will receive 10 kilogrammes of free maize seed and pay eight dollars for 50 kilos of fertiliser, which would cost $72 at market rates.

That puts fertiliser far out of reach for the majority of Malawians, who live on less than one dollar a day.

Malawi needs 2.2 million tonnes of its staple grand maize to feed its 13 million people each year, but its crops have only produced that much since 2006 - the year after the subsidy programme began.

Before that, shortfalls in local crops meant that chronic hunger was a normal part of life here.

But last year Malawi produced enough to sell about 400 /000 tonnes to troubled Zimbabwe.

AFP

Article Categories

AGRA agribusiness agrochemicals agroforestry aid Algeria aloe vera Angola aquaculture banana barley beans beef bees Benin biodiesel biodiversity biof biofuel biosafety biotechnology Botswana Brazil Burkina Faso Burundi CAADP Cameroon capacity building cashew cassava cattle Central African Republic cereals certification CGIAR Chad China CIMMYT climate change cocoa coffee COMESA commercial farming Congo Republic conservation agriculture cotton cow pea dairy desertification development disease diversification DRCongo drought ECOWAS Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia EU EUREPGAP events/meetings exports fa fair trade FAO fertilizer finance fisheries floods flowers food security fruit Gabon Gambia gender issues Ghana GM crops grain green revolution groundnuts Guinea Bissau Guinea Conakry HIV/AIDS honey hoodia horticulture ICIPE ICRAF ICRISAT IFAD IITA imports India infrastructure innovation inputs investment irrigation Ivory Coast jatropha kenaf keny Kenya khat land deals land management land reform Lesotho Liberia Libya livestock macadamia Madagascar maize Malawi Mali mango marijuana markets Mauritania Mauritius mechanization millet Morocco Mozambique mushroom Namibia NEPAD Niger Nigeria organic agriculture palm oil pastoralism pea pest control pesticides pineapple plantain policy issues potato poultry processing productivity Project pyrethrum rai rain reforestation research rice rivers rubber Rwanda SADC Sao Tome and Principe seed seeds Senegal sesame Seychelles shea butter Sierra Leone sisal soil erosion soil fertility Somalia sorghum South Africa South Sudan Southern Africa spices standards subsidies Sudan sugar sugar cane sustainable farming Swaziland sweet potato Tanzania tariffs tea tef tobacco Togo tomato trade training Tunisia Uganda UNCTAD urban farming value addition value-addition vanilla vegetables water management weeds West Africa wheat World Bank WTO yam Zambia Zanzibar zero tillage Zimbabwe

  © 2007 Africa News Network design by Ourblogtemplates.com

Back to TOP