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Government-Private Sector meet over FISP

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As efforts to intensify the delivery of the FISP programme across the country continue, government has indicated that it is contemplating on up-scaling the private sector involvement in the implementation of 2016/17 FISP programme after a successful pilot study last year. This was revealed at a conference organized by the African Institute of corporate Citizenship (AICC) that aimed at discussing the future prospects of the FISP in Malawi.

Speaking during the conference, the Chief Director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Brighton Kumwembe indicated that government has decided to upscale private sector involvement in FISP implementation as one way of improving service delivery of the programme. Kumwembe  said government recognize that there are several challenges FISP programme was facing in the past that can be dealt with if the private sector was fully engaged.
“The FISP programme will continue to undergo various reforms as we strive to ensure that the programme is carried out effectively, the involvement of the private sector is one of the reforms that government has decided to implement this year as one way of improving the input delivery system. As government we realize that there are some challenges that we meet during the implementation phase that the private sector can ably address, for example issues of transportation, we used to face a number of challenges in transporting and distributing inputs such that we could miss deadlines at times but our belief is that once we decentralize the process and leave it in the hands of the private sector such challenges will be mitigated easily” said Kumwembe.


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