A high level delegation of seven Egyptians Tobacco buyers have arrived in the country where they are expected to seal deals with Malawi based commercial tobacco buyers.
Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) Chief Executive Officer Dr Bruce Munthali has confirmed this to Nyasa Times.
Munthali said the delegation arrived in the country on Monday this week through Kamuzu International Airport.
He said the coming of these tobacco buyers will boost the market and raise the price due to competition on the market.
“I am happy with the coming of this delegation because this shows how confident the international community is with Malawi tobacco market,” said Munthali.
Munthali said Malawi tobacco marketing is this year progressing well because there has been no interruption between farmers and the buyers.
The TCC boss told Nyasa Times that this year only one month after opening the tobacco market, farmers have already sold 22 Million Kilograms of tobacco compared to 12 million of tobacco which was sold last year within the same period.
Despite the anti -tobacco campaign toed by World Health Organisation, Malawi economy is still heavily dependent on the green leaf popularly known as green gold, though various quarters of the society have made some calls to government to transm the way of running the economy, by among other things venturing in other means of earning much needed forex.