By Jecina Chikwelete
Malawi’s tobacco market is projected to receive high demand due to the dry spell that has hit some parts of the country.
According to experts, the dry spell has affected tobacco farmers in the central and southern regions.
Recent reports by the Ministry of Agriculture, irrigation and water development indicate that about one hundred and thirty thousand hectares have already been affected.
Last year TAMA said it had increased the trade requirement for tobacco from One hundred and fifty-two million kilograms to One hundred and seventy million kilograms.
In an interview, Spokesperson for the Tobacco Association of Malawi—TAMA Sam Kalimba said earlier tobacco quantity estimates for the 2018/2019 season might go down.
However, he says stiff competition is highly expected as the dry spell will force few farmers to grow the green gold.