By Alfred Mthandizi
This growing season, Malawi will not be able to meet the buyers’ demand following the persistent three week dry spell which has been hitting the country. TCC new Chief Executive Officer Kayisi Sadala disclosed this in Lilongwe when the Media Network on Tobacco held an interface with him. Sadala said the situation might improve following the upcoming rain season. Sadala said the buyers currently are demanding 171 million kilograms. “The good news is that rains have picked up, which may improve the current estimates.” said Sadala.
During the interface it was revealed that 42,303 farmers have registered against 45,000 last for the last growing season. Sadala also revealed that the second round estimates will take place soon to determine the real figures. Speaking during the function, MNT highlighted a number of issues affecting Tobacco Industry.
Some of the issues include Anti-Tobacco Smoking Lobby, Deforestation, and urged TCC to promote usage of Chigafa Chamoyo and new technologies of curing Tobacco. MNT also highlighted the need to find new markets for in addition of the existing Tobacco buyers in order to improve completion.
The TCC agreed with all the concerns raised and said TCC is not taking them for granted. “It’s true Anti-Smoking Lobby is affecting the industry and globally there is a decline of 3 % in Tobacco consumption,” said Sadala.