Written by  MBC Online

As debate on the State of the Nation Address delivered by President Dr Lazarus Chakwera a week ago continues in the National Assembly, Members of Parliament have taken turns to hail the Affordable Input Program (AIP) for its success.


Kasungu South legislator, Simplex Chithyola, said farmers in his constituency have harvested three times more than they used to get from their farms on account of AIP.


However, Lilian Patel of Mangochi South asked the Government to address shortfalls in the program that she said opened up loopholes for fraudsters to dupe farmers. 


One of the issues that topped the discussion on Monday was mining that Abel Kayembe of Dowa West said should be given priority as it has potential to contribute up to 10 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). 


He commended the Government for considering to set up Mining Regulatory Authority, which he said will bring sanity in the sector by curbing illegal mining and protecting small scale miners. 

Improvement of feeder roads and the need to fine tune National Economic Empowerment Fund loans so that more people benefit were some of the issues also tabled in the August House. Debate on the SONA continues.

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