Low tobacco prices baffles Farmers Union of Malawi as APM opens ‘ujeni’

Farmers organisation, the Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) has expressed dismay over the low tobacco prices on the first day of tobacco sales in Lilongwe.

President Mutharika at tobbaco market

President Mutharika at tobbaco market

Kapichira- Banda: Auction tobacco prices depressed

Kapichira- Banda: Auction tobacco prices depressed

FUM president Alfred Kapichira Banda said tobacco farmers will not be able to repay their farm input loans.

“These poor prices coupled with the appreciation of the kwacha will diminish projected earnings of the farmer,” he said.

Kapichira Banda said the tobacco farmer was growing tobacco when the kwacha was hovering around K1000 to a dollar saying which means they took the agricultural loan when the kwacha was trading at K1000 to a dollar.

However he said they are selling the tobacco when the kwacha is hovering around K600 to a dollar.

“This means the farmers will have losses, the difference is just big. Then we have these low prices of 80 cents, this will make the life of a farmer unbearable. The appreciation of the kwacha has killed the prices,” he said.

Alfred Changaya, chief executive officer of Tobacco Control Commission described the prices on the opening day of the auction floors on Thursday as average.

“It has been an average day, there have been a few rejections because of the quality of the leaf,” said Changaya.

Drama was not only on the prices but even the official opening of the floors as President Aurther Peter Mutharika (APM) forgot what he was there for.

“Ndikunena kuti tsopano lero ndatsegula ujeni…hahahaha ndatsegula ujeni” then the Democratic Progressive Party women started singing signalling the end of the function but he came back shouting “let me finish,” then said in English that the tobacco market was now officially open.

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13 thoughts on “Low tobacco prices baffles Farmers Union of Malawi as APM opens ‘ujeni’”

  1. michael says:

    when was it 1000 to the dollar? never been anywhere near. its been bad but not anywhere near that bad

  2. pido says:

    He is not interested in Farming in particular tobacco and maize. He is interested in tribalism and cashgate

  3. Kwachonde says:

    Si Malawi muthuyu. Bwana President!!! umenewu timati nsika wa fodya mchichewa.

  4. Chambe says:

    Mr FUM President, isn’t this what happens every year that when a Farmer gets a loan, he does so when the Kwacha is at a low level against foreign currencies? During around the selling season, the Kwacha usually appreciates. You mean you haven’t found a solution to cushion the loan from these shocks? Where are the Economists of Malawi to assist you here?
    If your farmers are not directed properly by you guys, then don’t blame the tobacco prices; blame it on your selves.

  5. cHINDELE CHAKUFIKAPO says:

    So this stupid president didn’t know what he was there for ??? fuck him, how can he run a country like that. TOBACCO IS THE BASE OF OUR ECONOMY AND HE CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT HE WAS THERE FOR???????

  6. Trindad & Tobacco says:

    Last year when opening auction he said, A Malawi a nzanga musasiye kupanpa za fodya, za fodya zimabweretsa chitukuko m’dziko, ndiye a Malawi musasiye kupanga za fodya. 2016 Tobacco Auction sales opening speach, “Ndikunena2 ujeni ……….” zoseketsa kwambiri!

  7. santana says:

    Mr Khalabweka, zobera mavoti mukukambabe m’paka lero? Anthu womwe anayambitsa nkhaniyi akudziwa kuti ankakamba izi chifukwa cha manyazi. Nanga anayamba akuuzanipo mabedwe ake kuti zinkakhala bwanji? zongotsatirazi mupusa nazo ndinu. Chakwera, Kabwira, ngakhale Msonda sangakuuzeni lero kuti mavoti ankabedwa chonchi chonchi. Bwanji wosangovomereza kuti anakumenyani double kick and it is obvious that 2019 victory is waiting him. Your opposition parties can not even give some solutions to give people hope. Instead they are busy talking zopanda mchere nanga anthu ake woti adzawavotere adzachoka kuti? The reason you are always insulting him is because you know pretty well that you will not defeat him come 2019. Mukupwetsa mkwiyo kenako muphwa ndinu mnzanu aliphee kudikira another victory in 2019. The opposition is banking their hope on Chakwera, a candidate who can have votes from one region. PP is in a dust bin and all the supporters have got to leave for somewhere. You can guess what is happening between UDF and DPP. Now tell me which party is giving you hope to be voted in govt come 2019. Go on with your foul mouths but the game is far from your opposition parties. Even a kindergatten chap knows about this.

  8. Honeycomb Chidyauzu says:

    This President is a disgrace. How do we think we can develop when we are being led by this one. Inenso ndinachita manyazi ngati ndibisale.

  9. Nkhani za fodya kuno kwathu zimandisautsa. Kaya tichite nazo bwanji?

  10. Nasimango says:

    Akalamba Abwanawa.

  11. Dancun Chiyembekeza says:

    ‘ndatsekula msika wa ujeni….mmmhhh ha ha ha wa chamba, …mmmh let me finish wachingambwe hi hi hi. nanga ndanama??’

    ‘ndipo ndikulonjeza kuti mitengo yake ikhala yayitali itali, yes, skyrocketing prices kuti alimi athu apindule kwambiri (actually said kwambiiiii)!!’

    ‘posachedwapa pakanengo pompano pakhala msika wa mbatata ndi chinangwa zakudimba, D*P woye!!’

    ‘Tikufuna dziko lathu litukule, yes, development kwmbiiii’

  12. Concerned says:

    Mmmmmm………but our president have a full dental formular??? If he doesnt, then cant he afford to buy one so that he speaks oudibly?? M’dala ameneyu amandichititsa manyanzi.

  13. Khalabweka says:

    Kukula mnzanu udindo wolowera kukakamizidwa kuti ena adyere pamutu pake pamene munthu nzeru ndi mohamvu zidatheratu. Mudzaziona mwakula mwatha. Nanunso mudzakula koma mwina simudzakakamira ntchito mulibe nzeru zogwirira ntchitoyo makamaka anthu ena akangokuthandiza kubera mavoti kuti iwo adzabe bwino m’boma ndiye boma lake siziyenda zinthu

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