Hunger, AIP implementation dominate Parliamentary deliberations

Fertilizer under the AIP programme

The issue of hunger which has affected many parts of the country dominated proceedings when Parliamentary reconvened on Wednesday afternoon.

Thyolo Thava legislator Mary Navicha attributed the hunger to last year’s poor harvest, unfavorable weather conditions and the late distribution of fertilizers under the Affordable inputs programme (AIP) to farmers in the country

She disclosed that in her constituency, people have survived on cooked mangoes and some unknown potatoes.

Navicha explained that the closure of the Agriculture development and marketing cooperation (ADMARC) has worsened matters, a situation which has seen maize going at K40, and 000 which is beyond the reach of many people.

Her expectation is that during the current lean season, government has to come to the rescue. However as it stands, just one market is open and the maize is yet to arrive prompting her to ask the Ministry of Agriculture to open more markets for the people.

Thyolo Thava Parliamentarian Mary Navicha

According to her, almost 3,000 people haven't received fertilizers with patients being given one meal a day arguing she expects more action than words from the Chakwera-led administration.

Mulanje south west legislator George Chaponda said he respects the Minister of Agriculture Sam Kawale and knows he's very able but nonetheless disclosed that people of his constituency have not received maize.

He sarcastically mentioned that the Canaan Malawians were promised is yet to materialize bemoaning the rising cost of living and that the issue of street vendors must be addressed as a matter of priority as was the case during the time he served as Local Government Minister during the Bingu Wa Mutharika’s regime.

Meanwhile the house has finished debating President Lazarus Chakwera’s State of the nation address (SONA).