Malawi leader visits Zimbabwe tobacco auction floor ‘to learn’

Malawi President Joyce Banda on Wednesday visited Zimbabwe’s Boka Tobacco Auction Floors one of the largest auction floors in Africa.

In her remarks, President Banda said the visit to the Auction Floors was to learn from the people of Zimbabwe how  they take care of their tobacco.

“Malawi is one of the countries that produce a lot of tobacco, this visit was to learn from the company and learn about the different tobacco types that they have,” said President Banda, adding that she will be sending a delegation to Zimbabwe to learn more about the different types of tobacco and how they can be grown in Malawi.

President Banda said she was impressed with how the company is helping Small Scale Farmers in selling their tobacco.

She  said she will be sending a delegation to Zimbabwe, reiterating the need to empower them to eradicate poverty.

President Banda, who is visiting  Zimbabwe  for the first time since taking over power after the death last year of her predecessor Bingu wa Mutharika, who was a close ally to Mugabe, is expected to officially open the 54th Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo on Friday.

JB appreciating leaf at Boka Auction Floors
JB appreciating leaf at Boka Auction Floors

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