- Category: Company Track
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- Written by Christopher Jimu
Malawi Police Inspector General Lot Dzonzi has said he is impressed with this year’s Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp).
Dzonzi said this on Friday when he received a gift of five motorcycles worth K2 million (about $5 882) from Seed Co to be used to monitor Fisp, especially in rural areas.
“This year, there are few cases of people presenting fake coupons in Admarc depots and other Fisp outlets compared to previous years,” he said.
He added that increased cases of theft of fertiliser subsidy shows that people are vigilant and that such cases are being reported.
“This time, the media is doing a good job because whenever there is a case of people diverting subsidy fertiliser, such stories are being given the attention and prominence they deserve,” said Dzonzi.
He described the donation of motorcycle as timely, saying it will enhance movement of police officers in rural areas.
Seed Co managing director Dellings Phiri said they donated the motorcycles to show appreciation for the good work the police is doing in monitoring Fisp.
“We sell seeds in rural areas and we see police officers facing mobility challenges; hence the decision to give them the bikes,” said Phiri.
He, however, warned businesspeople selling fake seeds with brands of known companies that they will be caught and prosecuted.
“In Chinsapo, a man was caught packing fake seeds in bags. He had a machine, sacks and the seeds. Acting on a tip off, the police arrested him. This is the reason we have to empower community policing more,” said Phiri.