TCC looks for 2017 non smoky tobacco market in Malawi

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.

President Peter Mutharika witness Tobacco Auctioning in progress at Lilongwe Auction Floors to mark the official opening of 2016 tobacco marketing season (C) Stanley Makuti

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.

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5 years ago

A chaponda kufatsa ngati munthu wa bwino pachithunzipo……. I am sure he was saying ” how can I steal this tobacco?”

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