Authorities have suspended tobacco sales at the Lilongwe Auction Floors this morning due to an increase in rejection rate of the leaf.
Confirming the development was the public relations officer for Auction Holdings Limited (AHL), Mark Ndipita, who said tobacco authorities have considered serious concerns of farmers who have been worrying about the high rejection rate.
Ndipita said the market has been suspended so that both the tobacco buyers and sellers should make the way forward on the matter that has angered most tobacco farmers in the country.
“It is true that tobacco sales at the Lilongwe Auction Floors have been suspended. This has come against the background that the rejection rate has now reached 71.2 percent at the auction sales.”
“Farmers expressed their dissatisfaction on the development and as procedure they normally presented their concerns to the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) hence the suspension,” said Ndipita.
He added that a meeting between tobacco growers and TCC began in the morning.
At the meeting, they agreed to ask the buyers to reduce the rejection rate.