Written by  Thomas Psyata

Tobacco farmers in the country have been urged to start diversifying while ensuring they continue with tobacco farming.


Minister of Agriculture, Lobin Lowe, made the remarks during the 33rd Annual Congress of TAMA Farmers Trust.

"As of now the country has not found a replacement for tobacco and we will continue to grow tobacco until the last cigarette is smoked," said Lowe.

Speaking on the importance of improving the tobacco industry, Lowe revealed that his Ministry has made progress in reviewing the Tobacco Industry Act.

"I am pleased to report here that the review process is at an advanced stage with all stakeholders being engaged including members of TAMA and that the document will be taken to Parliament as soon as it is practical," added Lowe.

Speaking earlier, TAMA Farmers Trust president, Abiel Kalima Banda, expressed the need for farmers to comply with labour practices to be able to explore more international markets.

"Tama is aware that child and forced labour continue affecting tobacco production and measures are in place to sensitise farmers on the same," said Banda.

The congress is being held under the theme: 'Adherence to agricultural labour practices in the wake of withhold release order.'


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