Minister of Agriculture Kondwani Nankhumwa has announced the suspension of the 75% penalty on tobacco sold outside individual quotas.

The development comes barely three days after Tobacco farmers stormed Tobacco Commission head office in Lilongwe to express their anger over some newly-introduced law.

The farmers were demanding for the commission to reverse its decision to effect 75% penalty on tobacco sold outside individual quotas.

On the wee hours of Sunday, unknown people suspected to be farmers petrol-bombed TC vehicle in the capital Lilongwe.

The development forced Minister of Agriculture Kondwani Nankhumwa to call for a meeting with disgruntled farmers over the matter.

After hearing from farmers, Nankhumwa announced the suspension of the penalty attracting ululation from the farmers.

More details to follow…

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