Farmer's Voice

Malawi: Growers Sell 72 Million Kgs Of Leaf

Figures released on June 4th by the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) inMalawishowed that growers sold 72 million kgs of leaf worth US$ 117 million since the 2014 marketing season commenced on March 24th, up 20% in volume and 5% in value compared to the same period in 2013. 

TCC chief executive Bruce Munthali said the average leaf price in the current season is picking up and is expected to increase further (APA -Africa6/4).

Meanwhile, Police officials in Kasungu are searching for four people who recently hijacked a truck that was transporting 113 bales of leaf tobacco from the warehouse of the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM) to auction floors in Chinkhoma. 

Sub Inspector Edwin Kaunda said the truck was hijacked near the Lisasadzi Trading Centre. The officials found the truck and its driver near Bua river, but have not yet recovered the tobacco, Kaunda said (Malawi Voice 6/5).