Tue. Jul 23rd, 2019

New Tobacco Regulations to harness good Prices in this year’s marketing Season

205, 000 000 kilograms to be produced this year

By Desire Elizabeth Mtawali
Despite the soaring of tobacco this year, the Tobacco Control Commission has expressed optimism that this year’s tobacco selling season will attract good prices due to the formulation of new guidelines regulating the gold leaf industry.
According to Kaisi Sadala, Tobacco Control Commission Chief Executive Officer, farmers should expect better prices comparing last season.
Sadala made the revelation on Wednesday in Lilongwe when he was presenting new tobacco act which was assented by President Peter Mutharika 19th February this year.
He stressed that among other things the act gives room to the commission to negotiate prices with the tobacco buyers.
The TCC CEO further said that the new laws provides regulation, promotion and development of the tobacco industry in the country.
Sadala added that the act also restricts tobacco buyers from growing and cultivating the gold leaf.
“A tobacco buyer, tobacco floor operator, commercial grader, and tobacco transporter, its subsidiary, its parent company shall not allowed to register as a grower.
” Any person who is not registered as a grower and who, by himself or through an agent, grows tobacco for sale, commits an offence and shall on conviction, be liable to s fine of K2, 000, 000 and to imprisonment for one year,” says part of the Act.
TCC said that so far this year the commission has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with tobacco stakeholders setting of minimum prices, to ensure that farmers benefit from their own sweat.
This year’s tobacco marketing season is expected to open on 25th April by President Mutharika and his fellow Tanzanian counterpart President John Joseph Magufuli at Kanengo Auction Floors.

By Desire Elizabeth Mtawali
Despite the soaring of tobacco this year, the Tobacco Control Commission has expressed optimism that this year’s tobacco selling season will attract good prices due to the formulation of new guidelines regulating the gold leaf industry.
According to Kaisi Sadala, Tobacco Control Commission Chief Executive Officer, farmers should expect better prices comparing last season.
Sadala made the revelation on Wednesday in Lilongwe when he was presenting new tobacco act which was assented by President Peter Mutharika 19th February this year.
He stressed that among other things the act gives room to the commission to negotiate prices with the tobacco buyers.
The TCC CEO further said that the new laws provides regulation, promotion and development of the tobacco industry in the country.
Sadala added that the act also restricts tobacco buyers from growing and cultivating the gold leaf.”A tobacco buyer, tobacco floor operator, commercial grader, and tobacco transporter, its subsidiary, its parent company shall not allowed to register as a grower.” Any person who is not registered as a grower and who, by himself or through an agent, grows tobacco for sale, commits an offence and shall on conviction, be liable to s fine of K2, 000, 000 and to imprisonment for one year,” says part of the Act.
TCC said that so far this year the commission has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with tobacco stakeholders setting of minimum prices, to ensure that farmers benefit from their own sweat.
This year’s tobacco marketing season is expected to open on 25th April by President Mutharika and his fellow Tanzanian counterpart President John Joseph Magufuli at Kanengo Auction Floors.

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