Famers demonstrate against low tobacco prices at Kanengo

Farmers demonstrated against low tobacco sales at Kanengo auction flows.

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Tobacco sales at Kanengo auction flows were temporary suspended on Friday after famers protested against the low prices being offered on their rejected tobacco.

The Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) resorted to sale tobacco which is being rejected several times on merit basis.

Merit sale is only meant for tobacco which is being rejected several times.

The farmers were angry that the offers were off as lower as 5 cents per kilogram.

However TCC executive director Albert Changaya said the development arose because the system does not set minimum prices.

Changaya added that so far they have about 35000 bales of tobacco that have been rejected several times since the onset of tobacco selling season.

He said this is the only way of clearing the rejected tobacco but the tobacco which is being rejected again will be returned to famers.

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