The Tobacco Commission (TC) is urging all tobacco growers and all Malawians who are interested to venture into the business of growing and selling tobacco, to register and license with it.
The Commission understands that farming is a business, and it is in the interest of every farmer/grower and well-meaning Malawian to enter into a business that is viable and profitable. It is against this understanding that the Commission has raised the minimum quota allocation to 3000 Kilograms regardless of whether it is the grower’s first time to grow tobacco. In addition, the Commission is flexible to adjust the quota allocation according to the grower’s request as long as he/she has proven capacity to produce the requested quota.
The Commission is aware of the need for diversity in farming business as such it is encouraging all farmers who are planning to diversify, to diversify together with tobacco. Statistics over the years have shown that tobacco is the number one foreign exchange earner in Malawi and it is the only crop which has a ready and well-structured market
Tobacco sales for the current market (2021) have shown to have improved as compared to last season’s (2020). For example, at week ten of sales; the average price was at US$1.64/Kg as compared to US$1.51/Kg during the same time last season. This indicates that the demand for Malawian tobacco is still available on the global market.
For those who are interested to venture into the business of growing and selling tobacco for the first time, it should be noted that the requirements for registering a new club or estate are not prohibitive. This can be confirmed by the registration requirements presented below;
Requirements for registration of a new club
- Letter from the Agriculture Office of the area where the farmers come from. i.e. EPA.
- Only four persons who are eighteen years old and above are legible.
- The four persons should bring their National Identification cards.
Requirements for registration of an estate
- Lease documents for the estate.
- One person.
- National Identification card.
All tobacco growers and interested Malawians, are being encouraged to register and license at the Commission’s Divisional offices of Limbe, Lilongwe, Kasungu or Mzuzu. In addition, they are being reminded that registration and licensing of growers for the 2021/2022 season started on Monday, 28th June, 2021 in all its Divisional offices and it will run up to 30th September, 2021.
All tobacco growers are being reminded that the use of a child and forced labour is strongly prohibited.
The Commission is looking forward to a very successful and profitable 2021/2022 Tobacco Growing and Marketing Season.