Malawi tobacco market extended as farmers overgrow leaf

Tobacco regulators, the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has extended the tobacco market season up to November.

Tobacco trading at Auction Floor
Tobacco trading at Auction Floor

TCC planning and research manager Hennings Wasoni said the market was supposed to close in September but there are lots of tobacco which is yet to be bought because there was overproduction of the leaf.

“We produced 165 million kilograms of tobacco instead of 133 million kilograms,” said the TCC official.

He said the law does not allow to sell tobacco in the next season when it was grown in the previous season.

However some farmers say the extenson of the market season will negatively affect the growing season.

Farmers say this marketing season has been marred by low prices and high rejection rate of tobacco.

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5 years ago

Publish my earlier comment, plz. Sizomanamiza anthuzo ai…

5 years ago

Yet u wea the very Media House (Nyasa Times) the just 2 days ago told us on this very platform that the season is closing this week… Au u sure the decision to extend the season has been arrived at yesterday? If so, why haven’t u made reference to ua y/day’s news on the subject. I’ve said it again and again kuti u must avoid rasing baseless panic due to ua poor reporting. Mind u, u also fed us with lies concerning the status of this year’s sales in which u reported that all tobacco buyres had gone for summer… Read more »

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