Tobacco market opens in Limbe amid strict Covid-19  measures

Tobacco market opens Monday morning in Limbe amid very strict measures to prevent coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

First to open was the Lilongwe Auction Floors then Chinkhoma in Kasungu and now Limbe.-Photo by Lisa Kadango

It also opens amid severe criticism from some section of the society as to why the government is prioritising opening the markets while forcibly closing down churches.

AHL Group spokesperson Teresa Ndanga has said that there will be restrictions of entry into the market.

“Only those with a duty to do will be allowed in and people will observe the social distance,” she said.

This is the third tobacco market to open this year after Kanengo in Lilongwe and Chinkhoma in Kasungu.

Ndanga said at least 1,500 bales of tobacco are expected to be sold today at the market.

Tama Farmers Trust president Abel Masache Banda said farmers expect good prices for their tobacco.

“We hope it will be a good day for our farmers,” he said.

The opening of the market comes barely a day after the police shut down churches in Balaka.

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Che Wanimiliyoni
Che Wanimiliyoni
2 years ago

There is no normal person or govt which can compare the adverse effects of shutting down a controlled tobacco market with unregulated church services. Firstly tobacco is out main export product in the country so as a country we need to sale our tobacco as urgently as we can more so now as we need monetary resources to fight covid 19. In contrast your so called religious praying areas combined the whole country can’t even earn US$1,000,000 of forex or tax per year. Secondly the tobacco auction floors have put in strict regulatory measures to avoid spread of covid 19.… Read more »

2 years ago

the Catholic parish in balaka doesn’t like this at all

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