Minister of Agriculture Hon Lobin Lowe, MP, on Tuesday afternoon opened the Tobacco Commission rebranding conference at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe with a call to stakeholders not to stop growing tobacco but to consider diversification as spearheaded in the Malawi 2063 for wealth creation, self reliance and food security.
Speaking at this function, Lowe stated that Malawi’s economy will continue depending on tobacco while the Ministry continues pondering on possibility of promoting more cash crops that can substitute tobacco in the long run.
“As I open up this conference, let me assure you that Malawi will grow tobacco until the last cigarette is produced.” Lowe said.
Lowe added that as tobacco faces much setbacks, his Ministry will work hard in promoting other high profiting crops that can be traded locally or internationally to maximise revenue generation and household economy. He pointed out that this year Malawi has registered many positives on legumes market with Soybeans only registering over MWK80 Billion.
During this rebranding conference, Tobacco Commission unveiled it’s new logo that speaks for commission’s mandates and mission.
Tobacco Commission Chief Executive Officer Chidanti Malunga said that the rebranding Tobacco Commission has done will see Tobacco industry walking on the new chapter that will see farmers getting rewards of their hard work.
“Tobacco Farmers have been exploited for a long time by other stakeholders and it is the wish of this new commission to foster an end for this farmer exploitation.” Malunga hinted.
The Board Chair for Tobacco Commission highlighted that his board will make sure that Tobacco Commission serves the people so that peoples economic levels improve to the standard His Excellency The Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera wants.
Malawi has been relying on tobacco for a long time and the industry has been facing some challenges that include anti-smoking lobby, child labour and forced