Tobacco sales suspended!

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Tobacco sales at Lilongwe auction floors have been suspended after disagreements over prices.  

On the opening day of the tobacco market, buyers were buying the leaf at a minimum price of 80 cents and a maximum price of $1.84 per Kg.  But on Thursday, the highest price was $1.54 while on Friday the most expensive leaf was bought at $1.50.

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Tobacco sales suspended in Lilongwe.

The low prices prompted farmers to call for the closure of the market, arguing that they will make losses if they continue selling their tobacco at low prices.

One of the farmers said the buyers are crooks as they are stealing from them by offering low prices.

He also complained that the buyers are offering different prices to auction farmers and contract farmers even when the tobacco is of the same quality.

For many years, tobacco buyers have been buying the leaf at lower prices and this makes the farmers not to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

On Thursday, CISANET expressed disappointment over the low prices buyers offer to farmers saying farmers invest a lot but gain less.

“We are not satisfied because we are aware that farmers put much effort but get little money,” said Tamani Nkhono-Mvula, CISANET Executive Director.

Some economic experts have since called for the devaluation of the Kwacha during the tobacco selling season so that farmers should make more money.

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  1. Most farmers work as dogs because they spend alot to produce tobacco, but at the end they make greatest loses ever. For example,certain farmer in Ntchisi borrowed money for production, at the end of farming season he failed to pay back loan after that he lost his properties including food to the creditor. His next farming season he faced with the same challenges and right now he is very poor man, when I’m saying poor man get me. But I wonder as to why government of Malawi doen’t consider farmers as feeders of Malawi? Kodi tizingoberedwa mpaka liti?

  2. Alimi tiyeni tingosiya kulima fodya tilime mbewu zina komanso tiyambe bizinesi zina ngati kumanga nyumba mmizinda, kugula shares in companies etc osati kungopeza tindalama
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  3. Alimi nanuso ndinu zitsiru chifukwa every year you are complaining about the price why don’t you try to stop tobacco farming and start planting crops such as soya beans, groundnuts etc

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  5. Komamukadadziwa Tchito Ya 4dya Chimene Ndimadabwa Nacho Ndichakuti Ogula Omwewo Ku Mozabique 4dya Amakwela Koma Omwewa Kuno Kumalawi Kutsika The Problem Iz Mumawa Khaba Nayo Misonkho Inu Aboma Ndikumalemela

  6. The problem is if all buyers can quit to buy tobacco, will all those tobacco bales be turned into food to feed our families? The answer is a big NO! Just find other crops to replace it full stop.

  7. The problem is if all buyers can quit to buy tobacco, will all those tobacco bales be turned into food to feed our families? The answer is a big NO! Just find other crops to replace it full stop.

  8. Govt imadziwa komanso nawo ndipamene amatcholera khobwe from these buyers..so its impossible 4them to act…unless tikazakhara ndi msogoleri ngat waku Tz..

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  11. vuto lamalonda afodya akulu akuluwo amalidziwa koma chinyengo basi kuzolowera kukama yowonda ng’ombe , kodi nthawi zina suja mtengo wa fodya unafika pa 11dolla fodya wake amkachokera kuti?

  12. vuto lamalonda afodya akulu akuluwo amalidziwa koma chinyengo basi kuzolowera kukama yowonda ng’ombe , kodi nthawi zina suja mtengo wa fodya unafika pa 11dolla fodya wake amkachokera kuti?

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  14. Kuzolowela kukolola pomwe sadalime,ngati mwakanika osangowauza anthu chochita b4 its late.Katundu akukwela mtengo nthawi iliyonse,koma mlimi samapeza phindi lokwanila pazokola zake pakutha kwa chaka.Zofunikila ndizambili pa moyo wao watsiku-ndi-tsiku,zakudya,xul fees ya ana,chipatala,zovala ndizina zambiri.Thukuta kuyambila kumutu mpaka kum’kolo-kolo koma kutha kwachaka phindu osalipeza,tangowathamangitseni anyapala apite kwina basi.Inuso alimi tangoyambani kumalima mbewu zina zoti zikupatseni phindu osati fodyayo ai.

  15. Kuzolowela kukolola pomwe sadalime,ngati mwakanika osangowauza anthu chochita b4 its late.Katundu akukwela mtengo nthawi iliyonse,koma mlimi samapeza phindi lokwanila pazokola zake pakutha kwa chaka.Zofunikila ndizambili pa moyo wao watsiku-ndi-tsiku,zakudya,xul fees ya ana,chipatala,zovala ndizina zambiri.Thukuta kuyambila kumutu mpaka kum’kolo-kolo koma kutha kwachaka phindu osalipeza,tangowathamangitseni anyapala apite kwina basi.Inuso alimi tangoyambani kumalima mbewu zina zoti zikupatseni phindu osati fodyayo ai.

  16. Basi kodi amalawi tizapeza liti nsogoleli oziwa umpawi wathu ulimi sichinthu chophweka kulima simasewela mitengo opanga ndiaboma timalowesa ndalama zingati samaziwa komanthawi yamalonda oyambilila nditsogoleli zokamba mbwee akuti kwacha yakwela nthawiyonsei simakwela bwanji yakwela chifukwa waonakuti alimiakufuna ayambe kugulisa zokolola zao colinga asapindula alimi anthu oipainu

  17. I already commented somewhere that the problem is that when farmers were getting agricultural loans the US dollar inali ndi mphamvu pamene panopa pamene alimi ayenera kubweza ngongole yatsika mphamvu kutanthauza kuti mlimi waluza kale pamenepo now kubwera kunsika fodya akugulidwa 80cents.Kodi boma silimadziwa zimenezi and why cant government set prices for tobbacco as is the case with fuel?

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