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TCC Estimates 2018 Tobacco Production

TCC Estimates 2018 Tobacco Production

National
The Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has embarked on a survey that will determine estimated production of the green gold this year. In every first quarter of the year the TCC conducts the survey which aides them in coming up with crop estimates for a new season. In a statement made available to the media, the TCC discloses that it has dispatched its personnel across the country in tobacco growing districts to collect data on the expected production. Last year Malawi produced 105 Million KGs, fetching MK153.8 Billion. For the past two years production of tobacco has been going down owing to increased demand of contract basis grown tobacco from buyers. However according to the TCC, they have already registered an international demand of 171 million KGs of the leaf in the 2017/2018 growi...
Tobacco Growers Urged To Form Cooperatives

Tobacco Growers Urged To Form Cooperatives

Business
Local tobacco growers have been asked to form cooperatives if are to have bargaining powers on pricing. The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Principal Secretary, Grey Nyandule Phiri made the call last weekend in Mzuzu during official opening of the 2017 World Tobacco Growers’ Day Commemorations. Nyandule Phiri said with cooperatives, it will  be easy for tobacco farmers to access loans from commercial banks, adding the availability of cooperatives among tobacco growers in other countries has proven to be successful. “We believe that by having many cooperatives among our tobacco farmers, it can lead to the creation of proper markets and easy access to bank loans. The tobacco value needs to be complimented. The ministry encourages all farmers to practice crop dive