APM Assures Tobacco Farmers Of Good Prices,Opens 2017 Gold Leaf Marketing Season:Full Speech

April 11, 2017 by Staff Reporter

obacco is strategic and important to the Malawi economy. Apart from contributing greatly to the country’s foreign exchange earnings, it is also important in the socio-economic well-being and food security of our nation

Malawi Independent

I am delighted to be here today to officially open the 2017 tobacco marketing season. This year’s tobacco growing season has been favoured with good weather patterns, suitable for tobacco and other crops. We have seen a beautiful crop on the selling floors. We have seen the harvest is of good quality that raises hope.

Tobacco is strategic and important to the Malawi economy. Apart from contributing greatly to the country’s foreign exchange earnings, it is also important in the socio-economic well-being and food security of our nation.

My Government is therefore promoting tobacco production and marketing as a way of empowering smallholder farmers in the rural areas.

My Government is also determined to continue promoting value addition to increase export earnings from tobacco through manufacturing of cigarettes.

Government wants better returns from tobacco. This is why we have ensured that the key policy reforms, including Integrated Production System (IPS)…

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