2018/2019 FISP IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINES
The Government of Malawi will implement a countrywide Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) for the Fourteenth season. The programme has been implemented since 2005/2006 and has enhanced food security in the country. For 2018/2019 FISP will concentrate on maize fertilizer, cereal seed (maize, Rice, sorghum) and legume seed (beans, groundnuts, pigeon peas, soya beans, cowpeas).
Purpose of the Programme
To increase resource poor smallholder farmer’s access to improved agricultural farm inputs.
Objective of the Programme
To achieve food self sufficiency and increased income of resource poor households through increased maize and legume production.
The following seed types are included in the Farm Inputs Subsidy Programme:
Each beneficiary will be entitled to a coupon for purchasing improved maize seed packaged in 5kg packs for either hybrid or OPV or 7 kg packs for improved sorghum seed or Improved rice seed. In addition to improved cereal seed, the beneficiaries will be given coupons for purchasing legume seeds (beans, ground nuts, soya beans, cowpeas and pigeon peas). Beans and groundnuts will be packaged in 1 kg packs while soya beans, pigeon peas and cowpeas will be packaged in 2 kg packs. The seed coupon is fixed at a value of MK6,000.00 per cereal package and MK2,050.00 per legume package. Like in fertilizer, farmers will be required to pay the difference between the pack market value and the coupon value. For example if the farmer has a maize coupon and a 5kg maize seed pack cost MK7,500.00, then the farmer will give the seller a maize coupon plus MK1,500.00. It is expected that farmers will just be exchanging the legume coupon with legume pack.
To improve efficiency of the programme, farmers will be given an opportunity to select the seed varieties of their preference in line with the agro-ecological zones. Those seed varieties selected by farmers under various demonstrations mounted in their locality.