President Mutharika drums up support for the tobacco industry

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His Excellency the President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika says his government will continue strengthening the legal framework for the tobacco industry as it remains the backbone of the country’s economy.

President Mutharika during the opening of this year's tobacco market President Mutharika during the opening of this year's tobacco market
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President Mutharika made the remarks at Kanengo Auction Floors in Lilongwe during the official launch of this year’s Tobacco Market.


The Malawi leader said his government has formulated laws regulating the industry which are ready to be tabled during the fourth coming parliamentary sitting.


“At the moment, all technical work on the amendment of the Tobacco Act is done and the bill is ready for discussion by cabinet and should be tabled in the next sitting of parliament in June,” explained Professor Mutharika.


Professor Mutharika therefore urged Tobacco buyers to offer better prices to farmers.


He said farmers invest more in the production process which include loans to support their farming.


“Lets us support the tobacco industry and our local farmers in order to produce for the international market, let us pair prices for their hard labor,” urged the President.


Professor Mutharika took time to advise farmers on the need of taking care of their leaf and to avoid among others, putting stones in the tobacco bales so that they fetch more.


During the function, President Mutharika also thanked the Tobacco Control Commission-TCC for making sure that farmers are not exploited.


“Let me upload the TCC for being tough on regulating production and marketing. These tough measures are protecting farmers from unfair trade. I urge you to enforce these regulations to their fullest to stop exploitation of these farmers,” said President Mutharika.


Professor Mutharika said the TCC has shown that it is a trusted organ that assists tobacco farmers to build their capacity.


President Mutharika also urged the TCC as well as the law enforcers to be tough on illegal tobacco vendors so that the leaf is not smuggled.

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