Written by  McDonald Chiwayula
Media Network on Tobacco (MNT) says it is keenly monitoring tobacco prices in all auction floors as the tobacco marketing season is officially opened.
The Minister, inspecting quality of the leaf The Minister, inspecting quality of the leaf
Speaking at Chinkhoma Floors in Kasungu where the Minister of Agriculture, Lobin Lowe,  was opening the floor, MNT president, Alfred Chauwa, said tobacco farmers deserve better prices than what is being offered now.

"Tobacco farming is labour demanding. After that hard job and grading the leaf, the farmer deserves better. Currently, the prices aren't that bad but as an association, we believe the farmers deserve better.


"We will closely monitor the prices and provide our insights on the market to the Ministry. We hope the prices keep rising to the advantage of the farmer. Our goal is to ensure that prices don't drop below the set minimum cap," said Chauwa.



Chauwa at Chinkhoma floors


The 2021 tobacco marketing season was officially opened by President Dr Lazarus Chakwera with a call for a permanent solution to the tendency by some stakeholders on charging dubious levies without the Ministry of Agriculture's approval. 



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