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They say the purchase would have no impact as their tobacco has already lost value after JTI Malawi stopped buying tobacco in July. more

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It is no longer just growers and associations seeking alternative crops to tobacco production. The industry itself has already surrendered to this transition. more

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The Foundation for Smoke Free World has advised farmers that there is a need to shift from tobacco to other crops that could be the country’s main earner as pressure from anti-smoking lobbyists grows. more

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A Tobacco Control Commission official said that opening prices were better this year, compared to the previous season, and they might get better still. more

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The Tobacco Control Commission says that despite low production, the quality of tobacco leaf has improved this year. more

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Malawi: Premium Burley to the World

Courtesy of Premium Tama Tobacco Malawi Ltd.

Geographically relatively obscure, the African country of Malawi nevertheless has a global reputation for producing the finest burley leaf outside the US. TOBACCO ASIA talks to some of the main players. more

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The Tobacco Association of Malawi reports the availability of more tobacco on the market has affected prices of the cash crop in the country, as the market principle of demand and supply has come to haunt the tobacco market. more

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Coupled with poor rainfall patterns which have seen up to half of the population of Malawians in need of food aid, the country’s major forex earner, tobacco, the country’s biggest export crop is now facing a tough time on the auction floors. more

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Officials from auction floors say tobacco prices have now picked up after weeks of stormy sales following low prices and high rejection rates. more

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The country’s Tobacco Control Commission officials are upbeat that differences rocking the sale of tobacco would be history following what they describe as successful the meeting of representatives of buyers and farmers. more

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