Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has said inclusion of non tobacco related materials inside the bales contribute to low prices.
The TCC Chief Executive Dr. Bruce Munthali told official Malawi News Agency that one of the challenges they encountered during the 20/2012 tobacco selling season was that some farmers believed that if they included non tobacco related material in bales would attract high prices at the auction floor.
Munthali, who pointed out that tobacco market fetched good prices this season, said the farmers should be prepared to work hard in sorting and grading their tobacco, saying if they want the gold leaf to fetch fair prices the onus remains on them.
He said they expect farmers in the next growing season to grow over 200million kgs of tobacco attributing the development to the better sales they had this year.
“This year we have sold so far 160million kgs of tobacco,” Munthali said.
Meanwhile. TCC have started registering farmers who have opted to grow tobacco for next season.
Said Munthali: “Non Tobacco Related Materials bring about a major challenge among tobacco farmers instead of producing good tobacco because these items are combined with chemicals that hinders our targeted prices.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :