Farmer's Voice

News - 24/03/2014

Malawi: Govt. In Talks With Cigarette Manufacturers To Open Facilities In Country

Opening the 2014 tobacco marketing season on March 24th at the Kanengo auction floor in Lilongwe, Malawi, President Joyce Banda said the government is negotiating with some cigarette manufacturers to open facilities in the country, a move that could raise the demand for the country's tobacco.  Banda urged farmers to improve their output to meet the expected increase in demand and diversify crop production to maximize profits.

News - 21/03/2014

Dominican Republic: Leaf Tobacco Exports Totaled US$ 600 Million In 2013

Leaf tobacco exports in theDominican Republictotaled US$ 600 million in 2013, according to data released by the Tobacco Institute. 

News - 21/03/2014

Macedonia: Leaf Output To Decline In 2014

Macedonia's leaf tobacco output is expected to decrease by 17% year-year in 2014, but growers remain optimistic of an opportunity to enter into purchase contracts as in 2013.

News - 20/03/2014

Philippines: Ilocos Tobacco Growers Sell 589,282.40 Kgs Of Flue-Cured Tobacco

In the Philippines, tobacco growers in four Provinces in the Ilocos region sold589,282.40 kilogramsof flue-curedVirginiatobacco since the marketing season commenced in February, according to the National Tobacco Administration (NTA). 

News - 17/03/2014

Protest in Zimbabwe due to low prices.

Addressing farmers in Zimbabwe who are accusing leaf buyers of deliberately shortchanging them by offering prices as low as US$ 0.60 per kg, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board's chief executive Andrew Matibiri said the price of low-grade leaf is down 15-16% this year because buyers are more interested in high-quality leaf, which continues to command competitive prices.

News - 10/03/2014

Mr Francois van der Merwe on a TV program about illicit trade in Africa:

'The possibility is there that the market can be taken over totally by illegal's'