Public Relation Officer for Tobacco Control Commission (TCC), has said the average rejection rate for Auction floors this year stands at 8.86 percent.
Speaking to Malawi News Agency in an interview iss Juliana Chidumu said this has helped farmers to gain confidence as farmers feel much tobacco has been bought and not rejected thereby reducing the cost of processing the tobacco ready for sale at the auction floors.
“However farmers need to follow the right agricultural practices to ensure that more rejections are further reduced in the next growing season in order to realize more profits from their tobacco,” she said.
She bemoaned the practice by some tobacco growers who mix tobacco with unwanted materials to fetch more money from the sales, saying this tendency only derails the marketing process at the floors.
“None tobacco related materials are a major challenge when it comes to the desired quality of tobacco by the farmers. This malpractice must therefore stop to make tobacco more marketable,” she said .
According to the PRO ,this year’s tobacco season has been more profitable to farmers than last year saying farmers are now willing to grow more tobacco.
She said there are some farmers who also want to start growing tobacco because they have seen that their colleagues who sent their tobacco to Auction floors got more profits.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :