By our correspondent
Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Francis Kasaila has urged Tobacco buyers and sellers to enforce team spirit to ensure that the forth coming 2019/2020 Tobacco Marketing Season is successful amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s tobacco selling season is expected to start on 20th April, at Lilongwe Auction Floors to be followed by Chinkhoma on 21st April then Limbe on 27th April and finally Mzuzu on 4th May.
Speaking when he met Tobacco Buyers in Lilongwe on Thursday 9th April 2020 in preparation for the Tobacco Marketing season, which will open on Monday, 20th April 2020 Kasaira stressed on the need for all players to work together during this year’s sale.
On his part Tobacco Commission Chief Executive Officer, Kayisi Sadala, said the commission has lined up a number of initiatives aimed at making this year’s tobacco sales successful.
He cited the fact that the commission is considering operating the markets on weekends so that they make up for lost sales volume due to the set Covid-19 prevention measures.
“Some of the preventative measures include making sure that there is thorough scrutiny of body temperatures for all those entering the market, provision of hand washing services and personal protection equipment. Operation wise, the auction will only allow three sales per day, two for contract and one for auction to avoid congestion in the Floors among many more”.
Tobacco remains the biggest foreign currency earner in Malawi.