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JTI plans to abandon conventional tobacco curing barn by 2025

JTI plans to abandon conventional tobacco curing barn by 2025

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By: Cathy Maulidi JTI Leaf Malawi Limited, one of the Country's tobacco buying companies, want its farmers to fully graduate from conventional barns to live barns by 2025. This was said on Friday, when officials from JTI company led by John Gauna, JTI Managing Director took part in the maintainance of live barns at Mzinga Village, T/A Chitukula in Lilongwe. Speaking to MIJ Online, Gauna said for so long, farmers have been using wood-based barns in the curing and storage of tobacco, a thing that has contributed to deforestation. He said, despite contributing to deforestation the conventional barn is also expensive. Gauna said for instance, a farmer spends about k400 000 to k600 000 each year to erect a wood-pole barn. "As a company we are promoting the use of live ba...
Fuel Hike To AAffect Tobacco Market

Fuel Hike To AAffect Tobacco Market

Business
Local tobacco producers are expressing fear that this year’s tobacco market will be affected by the recent fuel price hike. The upward adjustment at the weekend has already triggered an increase in public transport fares amid fears that the same will happen to basic consumer goods and services. However the development has come at a time farmers are still ferrying their leaf to the auction floors. Already, farmers are complaining of poor prices on the table, two weeks into the market season. Chief Executive Officer of TAMA Farmers Trust, Nixon Lita, is hoping for improved prices at the market to cushion them from the possible high transport cost emanating from the recent fuel hike. Lita adds that transporters will likely push up their prices hence putting a strain on expecte...