Tobacco Bill ready for tabling

Written by  Limbani Chuma Ngwata

The crucial regulatory issues affecting the tobacco sector in Malawi will soon be addressed if the Tobacco Bill is passed. 

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April


This is according to Chief Executive Officer for the Tobacco Control Commission TCC Albert Changaya. 


Changaya made the remarks following the high rejection rate and low prices that have surrounded this year’s tobacco sales in country’s’ Auction Floors. 


“It is a very important bill, when the President was opening the tobacco market season in Lilongwe this year he talked about the need to regulate the industry,” said Changaya adding that once the bill is passed it will help farmers to be protected, and it will also have regulations for each player to follow in the system hence everyone will play the game according to the rules.


Last week tobacco sales at the Lilongwe Auction Floors were suspended and there was high rejection rate at Limbe Auction Floors following disagreements between buyers and farmers on price.


Meanwhile, once the bill which is set to be tabled during the next meeting of parliament is passed problems surrounding tobacco industry in the country would come to an end.

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