Representing government, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha said JTI has reconsidered buying close to 10 percent of the remaining tobacco from its contracted farmers.
“We had a fruitful meeting with JTI and the company has assured us that they will resume buying the leaf from the “abandoned” contracted growers,” said Mwanamvekha.
Limbani Kakhome of JTI said the company has made its intentions known and are buying tobacco from Mzuzu Floors and is in discussion with Government and Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) who are looking into the substance of the claims.
“We are currently reconciling the numbers and we find tobacco outside the specifications, we will make a decision in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture and TCC,” said Kakhome.
However, Chief Executive Officer for TCC Kaisi Sadala said there has been an influx of tobacco from neighboring Mozambique finding its way into the selling system, making it look like there has been overproduction of the leaf this year.