Minister Nankhumwa anounces suspension of 75% penalty on tobacco quotas

Minister of Agriculture Irrigation and water Development Kondwani Nankhumwa on Tuesday announced the suspension of fines and penalties imposed on tobacco farmers in the new Tobacco Law.

Nankhumwa with tobacco farmer in Kanengo

Nankhumwa made the announcement when he visited Tobacco Commission head offices at Kanengo in Lilongwe to appreciate a number of developments taking place at the Commission.

He said government has heard complaints on 75 percent penalty deductions which farmers have been subjected to in the new Tobacco Industry Law.

“As government we have decided that from today we suspend the fines,” said Nankhumwa.

He said tobacco industry is facing challenges following the new act which came into force while farmers had already grown their tobacco.

“From now we will go flat out to sensitize farmers on the new tobacco law,” he said.

He said government is not suspending the whole act but there are some sections which needs amendment.

Nankhumwa said government do not want to infringe on the rights of tobacco farmers.

Meanwhile, Nankhumwa has hinted that government will refund the money deducted from farmers in form of fines.

During the visit, Nankhumwa toured the premises to understand how the thugs’ petrol bombed the TC vehicle.

Recently, TC bemoaned that overproduction is affecting prices during this year’s Malawi tobacco marketing season.

TC chief executive officer (CEO) Kayisi Sadala said at a news conference recently that tobacco has fetched only US$200 million at an average price of USD1.48 per kilogramme.

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3 years ago

Bwana uku ndiye kuganiza. You do not apply the law retrogressively, no. When does the farming season start? Your officers should have done a better work on this. Otherwise apply this in the 2019/2020 financial year and as you have said sensitise the stakeholders properly now. Once again good job, thumbs up.

3 years ago

Please remove the penalty. It does not make any sense. Buyers are already punishing farmers with low prices and when farmers over produce you want to rob them K75 for every K100.
This stealing MUST stop.

3 years ago
Reply to  Jemusi

Have you read the law in part in whole or you are commenting from the wilderness?????

3 years ago

komatu muvuta a george. kufuna kumveka

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