Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) officials say 2017 looks a brighter and better marketing season as the leaf production has gone down which is expected to push prices up.
Acting TCC chief executive officer David Luka said this year’s production is projected at 124.5 million kilograms against the needed 152 million kilograms.
“We are hopeful that this will push the tobacco prices up, this will give farmers better tobacco prices,” he said.
He said the tobacco production has gone down following a decision by the TCC to introduce quota system for the production of the leaf, the stay of the country’s economy.
Malawi last year over produced tobacco which forced TCC to extend the marketing season to November.
This year, Luka said, the tobacco market opens in mid April.
Last year the marketing season was marred by poor prices and poor quality of the leaf.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :