Tobacco Association of Malawi against farming tenancy ban

Tobacco Association of Malawi has expressed concern over government decision to ban farming tenancy in the country.

Working in Malawi tobacco estates

Felix Thole, head of marketing and business development at Tobacco Association (Tama) says the ban can have negative implications.

“This can be very costly. This means some tenants have to be taken back to their original home.

“Others would not even remember or want to go back to their original homes and would want to be resettled elsewhere,” said Thole.

He suggested there can be improvements within the existing system of farming tenancy instead of dismantling the whole system all together.

Government has dubbed farming tenancy as modern slavery.

Owners of farms get people, usually in families, to work for them without pay except for food and payment only comes once a year after the crop, be it tobacco or maize is sold.

Tenants complain they get as low as K10000 after a year’s toil.

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