Tag: malawi

Grading system questioned

Grading system questioned

| April 17, 2018

The grading system in Malawi, where yet again leaf tobacco prices are favoring buyers, is said to leave a lot to be desired.

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Prices dip to US$0.80 per kg

Prices dip to US$0.80 per kg

| April 10, 2018

Malawi’s tobacco sales season got off to an awful start on Monday with some prices well below a dollar a kg, which far from reflected the work that had gone into producing the leaf.

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Hoping for better prices

Hoping for better prices

| April 5, 2018

Looked at from only a domestic-market perspective, the dictates of demand and supply should mean that Malawi’s tobacco growers will be well rewarded this year.

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Good prices predicted

Good prices predicted

| March 27, 2018

With production expected to come in 14 percent under demand, tobacco is predicted to attract high prices in Malawi.

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Time to move on

Time to move on

| March 5, 2018

There could be a competitive advantage in Malawi being one of the first big leaf tobacco producers to switch to other, internationally-traded crops.

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Malawi crop down

Malawi crop down

| February 8, 2018

In an economically poor country such as Malawi, the question arises as to why fewer farmers registered to grow tobacco this season than did so the previous season.

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Quality issues in Malawi

Quality issues in Malawi

| January 17, 2018

With what might be a ‘short’ tobacco crop and with concern about the quality of some of the tobacco being produced; it will be interesting to watch Malawi’s grower prices evolving.

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Best Malawi season for JTI

Best Malawi season for JTI

| November 3, 2017

All of JTI Leaf Malawi’s tobacco growers have been able to pay off their financing loans taken out in support of the 2016-17 production season. 

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Tobacco losing its allure

Tobacco losing its allure

| October 5, 2017

The future for tobacco in Malawi ‘does not look good’, which is why stakeholders are starting to hedge their bets through diversifications.

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Malawi average ‘good’

Malawi average ‘good’

| August 23, 2017

It is difficult to understand how Malawi’s average grower price for leaf tobacco this season could be described as ‘good’, but that is how it has been described.

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Play it again, Sam

Play it again, Sam

| August 15, 2017

Malawi’s growers are being told once again that quality is the key to ‘significant earnings’. This is true, but who is it that is pocketing these significant earnings’?

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Minister ‘thrilled’ with prices

Minister ‘thrilled’ with prices

| July 5, 2017

Malawi’s Deputy Agriculture Minister Aggrey Massi expressed satisfaction with tobacco prices during a tour of the Lilongwe Auction Floors earlier this week.

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On the map

On the map

| July 1, 2017

Malawi moves to get a handle on its leaf volumes.

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Grower prices up, down

Grower prices up, down

| June 23, 2017

Grower prices in Malawi are said to be ahead of those of last year because of the quality of the leaf on offer, but in Zimbabwe, where quality is also good, prices are down.

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Sales open on good note

Sales open on good note

| May 18, 2017

The government of Malawi has said that it will continue with tobacco-industry reforms in order to create a win-win situation for buyers and farmers.

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Same sad story in Malawi

Same sad story in Malawi

| April 18, 2017

The hugely-wealthy tobacco industry is once again paying pitiful prices to the largely financially-impoverished tobacco farmers of Malawi.

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Malawi confidence wobbles

Malawi confidence wobbles

| April 12, 2017

Talk of Malawi’s borders being manned to stop the ‘export’ of leaf tobacco seems to undermine claims that this year’s grower prices are going to be better than the miserly prices of last year.

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A new year, another promise

A new year, another promise

| April 11, 2017

Once again, the tobacco marketing season in Malawi is being held out as one in which farmers will be paid better prices, but since prices last year were down by more than 20 percent, that shouldn’t be difficult.

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New factory proposed

New factory proposed

| March 17, 2017

A Malawian businessman based in South Africa is planning to build a cigarette factory in Malawi that is due to open in 2018.

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$14 a year in tobacco wages

$14 a year in tobacco wages

| February 21, 2017

Down at the mean end of the globalized tobacco economy, Malawi tobacco farm workers can expect to pick up $14 a year in wages. Food is supplied, but sans Michelin stars.

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