Tag: malawi

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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Buyers in Malawi told to ‘stop growing tobacco’

Buyers in Malawi told to ‘stop growing tobacco’

| November 9, 2015

AHL Group of Companies, Malawi’s sole tobacco and other commodities dealing company, has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to consider reversing its decision to allow tobacco multinationals to grow tobacco, according to Malawi24. AHL Group says the policy is hurting ordinary tobacco farmers. AHL Group’s general manager, Moses Yakobe, has urged the […]

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Egypt to construct tobacco-processing factories 

Egypt to construct tobacco-processing factories 

| April 23, 2015

The Egyptian government plans to construct two tobacco-processing factories in Malawi to support the country’s tobacco industry, according to the Malawi News Agency. The Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Maher El-Adawy, said the construction of these factories will help spur economic growth because the crop is regarded as the country’s main forex earner. “We have always […]

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Slow tobacco deliveries at Malawi’s Mzuzu Auction Floors

Slow tobacco deliveries at Malawi’s Mzuzu Auction Floors

| April 5, 2013

The pace at which tobacco is flowing to Mzuzu Auction Floors has been described as slow just few days before the market officially opens on Monday, April 8, according to Malawi’s The Daily Times. Mzuzu Auction Floors Assistant Manager Joseph Kawinga said the pace of tobacco deliveries is low as most farmers are still processing […]

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Malawi commits to tackling child labor

Malawi commits to tackling child labor

| September 17, 2012

During a recent conference in Lilongwe, Malawi’s government and other stakeholders endorsed a plan to eliminate child labor in agriculture. Malawi’s child labor incidence is among the highest in southern Africa. Held Sept. 4-6, the Malawi National Conference on Child Labor in Agriculture was the first of its kind in Malawi. The event was convened […]

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