Burley tobacco leaf sales end Friday at Limbe Floors in Malawi

Burley tobacco sales come to an end at Limbe Auction Floors today  (Friday July 12, 2013) after 16 weeks of trading, the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has said.

TCC Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Munthali, said the Limbe market is still open for flue cured and dark fired tobacco sales until end of July.

But he said there was  a provision for  the growers who have still burley tobacco could to sell until the end of the month.

He applauded the Limbe Auction Floors as the trading of the green gold did not experience any stoppages.

Munthali: TCC boss

Munthali: TCC boss

“Deliveries and offloading of the bales went smoothly, which also sped up the marketing period,” said Munthali.

On Thursday , about 1,300 bales of tobacco were sold through Limbe Auction Floors, of which 300 bales were of burley tobacco.

Nationally, about 132 million kilogramme of all types of tobacco have so far gone through the auction floors, earning the country US$278.3m in foreign exchange.

By the same time last year, Malawi had sold 76.6m kilogrammes of tobacco, earning the country US$170.2 million.

Munthali has since appealed to growers to start preparing their gardens for next season.

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