Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) says authorities have to be careful when issuing growers license to tobacco farmers if the country is to improve tobacco sales.
FUM president Alfred Kapichira Banda said this following high tobacco rejection rate which is affecting this year’s tobacco selling season.
Kapichira Banda said most buyers already have clean leaf in their warehouses as such when a season opens they became very picky and purchase the tobacco in small quantities.
“Let’s give powers to the tobacco control commission that issuing of growers license should be very strict because there are some intermediate buyers who buy tobacco from small scale farmers and sell
to auctions, we have to end that system, only those who got licensed land have to grow tobacco,” said Kapichira Banda.