Malawi registers 6.62% decline in tobacco production

A 2020 tobacco production second assessment report shows that Malawi is expected to produce 154.7 million kg of all tobacco types, representing a 6.62 percent decline in tobacco production.

Tobacco regulator boss Kaisi at Chinkhoma market

According to the report, dated 31 March 2020, the estimates also represent 4.4 percent decline of the trade demand for this year.

The decline in production has been attributed to impact from excessive rainfall that led to leaching of crop nutrients thereby negatively affecting the crop potential and yields.

The other reason is the decrease in area under tobacco cultivation due to grower withdraw influenced by low prices experienced in 2019 marketing season.

However, the Commission claims that the decline in production will result in attractive prices this year.

“With 2020 trade demand at 161.4 million kg,  the 2020 estimated production is expected to attract competitive pricing as companies will out-compete each other to satisfy their requirements.

“Regionally,  the outlook shows expected reduction in production from neighboring Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe arising from erratic rainfall followed by drought experienced at critical vegetative stage of the crop,” claims the report signed by Kayisi Sadala,  Tobacco Commission Chief Executive Officer.

Sadala says globally,  major tobacco producing countries such as Brazil, India,  China and East Asia region project a decline arising from unfavorable weather effects.

The Tobacco Commission together with its stakeholders in tobacco industry do tobacco production assessments with an objective of estimating the expected tobacco volumes to be during the marketing season.

Meanwhile, the Commission suspended the opening of the 2020 tobacco marketing season due to Coronavirus, which was declared as global health Pandemic by the World Health Organization.

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@Lipato
@Lipato
7 months ago

Ulimu opusa uwu, olima ndi wina, opanga determine ma prices akakhale winaso? Kamuzu anatipatsa ukapolo sure. Achewa simmene amagundikira ndi ulimi umenewi…

Shatta
Shatta
7 months ago

Some questions:

1 – The entire world is under the lockdown, who will buy tobacco?
2 – Most businesses are shut around the world. Governments have other priorities, who in the good senses would be buying tobacco?

Steve
Steve
7 months ago
Reply to  Shatta

Have people stopped smoking?

Shatta
Shatta
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Steve,
Show some objectivity and answer those questions. Is that what you describe as anger? The blind support or pretending things are all OK is what is killing Malawi.

Try to think beyond your glasses.

Ndendeuli
Ndendeuli
7 months ago
Reply to  Shatta

Your anger is misdirected.

Shatta
Shatta
7 months ago
Reply to  Ndendeuli

Read my reply above to Steve.

Inject some senses in your thick skull. Be objective.

Yoya
Yoya
7 months ago
Reply to  Shatta

It’s true, businesses have shut down around the world – borders are closed and global trade has slowed down. Global recession is under way meaning less tobacco bought and smoked. Chakwera akuti a Chewa join Nsundwe Boys kapena mungopita kudambwe.

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