Malawi tobacco rakes in US$271 million

Tobacco, the country’s green gold, has raked in US$271 million, US$60 million more than last year at the same tobacco markets, same time.

Tobacco remains Malawi’s foreign exchange earner

The spokesperson  of Tobacco Auction Floors, Thom Khanje, said same time last year, the tobacco market raked in US$205 million.

He said this was unprecedented forex the country desperately needs since the tobacco markets opened 16 weeks ago.

Khanje attributed this to the good tobacco prices of around US$2.10 as opposed to US$1.74 last year with the low tobacco hovering around 80 cents.

He said the market has also been peaceful unlike last year when the auction floors were frequently closed due to disagreements over tobacco prices between the growers and buyers.

The tobacco industry was shaken last week when JTI, a Japanese tobacco buying firm abandoned hundreds of its farmers it contracted to grow tobacco.

Tobacco, facing a smoky future following anti-smoking lobbyists, still remains the country’s foreign exchange earner.

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5 years ago

Apumbwa Tidya zimenezo

5 years ago
Reply to  Wa DPP

Truth be told, as a country, our thinking is very small, $271 million and yet we say Tobacco Industry rake in so much??? To me this is money for an individual. Not to belittle what the industry has achieved over the years but, $271 million??? Lets face, it Lionel Messi as a soccer player, has signed a new contract with a buyout clause of $835 million.” Zoona ndalama yogulira soccer player iziposa our biggest forex earning industry?? Very Sad, are we serious as a country??? We should be talking about growing our economic base, diversifying our Agro industry through.mechanization. I… Read more »

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5 years ago

Apumba have u heard the amount arent u tempted to steal it?

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