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By Nganati

The Malawi Government has been hailed for producing high quality tobacco, the sentiment came from World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

This follows revelations that the leaf has been competitive on international markets in recent years.

Speaking at a press briefing on Monday, Minister of Agriculture Sam Kawale indicated that this means that tobacco produced in the country will now be classified as one of the best tobacco internationally to be processed for consumption.

Kawale further indicated that in the next Parliament meeting they will bring back the tobacco bill of 2019 for further amendments to be in line with international standards especially on child labor among others.

The Minister disclosed that at least 239 million kilograms (kg) of tobacco have been licensed as of Friday last week which is roughly 60 million kg more, from 2022/23 buyers demand.

” Last year , President Lazarus Chakwera challenged us to be growing a minimum of 200 million kilograms every year, for the next five years, and on the first year we have already surpassed the target.” Said Kawale

Malawi is one of Africa’s largest tobacco leaf producers and in 2015, produced 22.6% of all of Africa’s output of tobacco leaf.

The country is one of the world’s largest producers of burley tobacco.

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