Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Vice President Sidik Mia told a predominantly agricultural catchment area in Lilongwe that his party intends to roll out a universal subsidy programe in 2019 as one way of revamping agriculture and achieving food security in the country.
Mia was speaking during a whistle stop tour he conducted in the outskirt of the capital Lilongwe in Mitundu and surrounding areas yesterday. In all the seven places he stopped—Mitundu Trading Centre, Katawila, Kampini Trading Centre, Mkazomba, Chiunjiza, Kambani Zithe and Dickson Trading Centre—Mia was consistent with his message that the current subsidy programe is discriminatory in nature as it leaves out people who are equally needy from benefiting.
‘Very few people are benefiting from the current subsidy program. The program has created enmity among Malawians and when we factor in corruption, the whole purpose of the program continues to be defeated in each farming season,’ said Mia.
‘The good news is that MCP will roll out universal subsidy program. We will organize farmers to form and join clubs and cooperatives to avoid chaos associated with implementing the program as it is the case now.’
The MCP second in command reiterated what his party president Dr Lazarus Chakwera said last week during a whistle-stop tour last at Chimbalanga trading center that he had already cut deals with foreign companies who are ready to set up fertilizer production companies to aid the proposed universal subsidy program.
Putting much emphasis on improving agriculture in the country, Mia also disclosed that the MCP led government in 2019 is also going to revamp ADMARC so it can be buying produce from the farmers by offering better prices on the market.
‘We will be buying the surplus from you our farmers and as government, we will be offering better prices for you to reap the benefits of your labour,’ he said.
Concluding his remarks, Mia encouraged those who have not yet registered to go and register in the voters’ roll so they can be in a position to vote next year. Voter registration in Lilongwe ends this Sunday.
During the tour, Mia was accompanied by the party’s Youth director Richard Chimwendo Banda, Parliamentarian Peter Chalera and Lingson Belekanyama Salima South West MP Jessie Kabwira, NEC member Halima Daudi, Deputy Strategic Director Ken Kandodo and Deputy Secretary General Catherine Gotani Hara.
As Mia stormed Lilongwe rural east, Party President Chakwera stormed Lilongwe rural west for the same exercise. The rallies continue for day two in other parts of Lilongwe today where the two leaders intend to woo people to go and register in the voters’ roll.