Tobacco farmers have bemoaned high rejection rates of the county’s green gold at tobacco markets.
During the official opening of tobacco sales at Kanengo Auction Floors in Lilongwe, the rejection rate was at 36 percent but as the market progressed the rejection rate went to as high as 80 percent.
When sales began at Limbe Auction Floors in Blantyre on Monday, the market registered 52 percent rejection rate and just like in Lilongwe, buyers were also offering poor prices.
At Kanengo, the ceiling price for tobacco was at $1.80 per Kg but at Limbe most tobacco was bought for as low as 80 cents while the maximum price was at $1.40.
Meanwhile farmers have asked government to intervene on the matter, arguing that the current situation is affecting the farmers’ interest to grow tobacco.