Malawi President eyes betterment of tobacco farmers ahead of tripartite elections

An orange motorcade escorting Joyce Banda to present nomination papers

An orange motorcade escorting Joyce Banda to present nomination papers

President Joyce Banda of Malawi has in her bid to make the living of Malawians improve approached one of the country’s major tobacco buyers, Phillip Morris, to buy the Malawi leaf at a better price this year.

Phillip Morris is an International Tobacco Manufacturing giant and a major tobacco buyer in Malawi, which buys almost half of what Malawi puts on the tobacco market, and led by its International Vice President for Global Operations, Antonio Marques, the company indicated that it will look into the issue, at corporate level.

The 2014 Tobacco crop season is expected to open next month and with only two months away from the country’s maiden Tripartite elections, the Joyce Banda led government will have a plus if the request comes into being.

Experts have projected that Malawi will this year have an increase of 25-percent from last year’s crop, and being Malawi’s main export crop, the Malawi leader can have a relief if her fight for the better leaf price comes to pass.

There are 11 aspiring candidates for the Malawi Presidency.

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