Tags: IPS

Yearning for the best from tobacco market

Forty-year-old Victor Fiwa of Mittawa Village under Mbulumbuzi Extension Planning Area (EPA) serves as the most perfect example of a desperate farmer seeking to get the best from his sweat from tobacco. He was convinced that if he stopped selling his tobacco under the traditional auction system and started doing so under the contract system,…

Two new companies start buying tobacco

Two new tobacco firms, African Tobacco Services (ATS) and Vision International Tobacco (VIT) Company, have started buying the country’s ‘green gold’ under auction system at the Lilongwe Auction Floors.   ATS, a South Africa-based company, which started buying the leaf on April 8 and VIT, a Chinese firm, on June 9, have since praised growers…

Malawi tobacco experts meet

Malawi’s controversial Integrated Production System (IPS) of growing tobacco, popularly known as contract farming, comes under heavy scrutiny today [Thursday] by tobacco experts who intend to ascertain the benefits being accrued from the new tobacco marketing system. The tobacco conference, organised by the Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama), will bring together key stakeholders in the…

Cashgate names released, former MDF boss implicated

, Malawi Government today publicly released the much-awaited Baker Tilly forensic audit report containing names of companies and individuals who allegedly siphoned money from government amounting to K24 billion between April and September, 2013. However, the appendices contained in the report made available to media houses yesterday are missing a list of individuals linked directly…

Tobacco contract system biased—AHL

Tobacco auctioneer Auction Holdings Limited (AHL) has lodged a complaint to the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Allan Chiyembekeza that the Integrated Production System (IPS) is discriminating against tobacco growers under the auction system. Among others, AHL says growers who have opted for auction system are facing delays in getting their dues in…

Ministry foresees increased crop production

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has said production of all food crops is anticipated to increase the 2013/14 production season, a development which will make the country become food-sufficient. The ministry has attributed this to the increased uptake of fertiliser from the newly introduced Farm Input Loan Programme (Filp) which is complementing the…