President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has asked Tobacco buyers in the country to offer better prices to Farmers in the country.

Mutharika made the plea on Tuesday at Kamuzu Palace in the capital Lilongwe when he held audience with business captains in the tobacco industry which included Tobacco buyers.

In his speech, Mutharika said he expects a smooth and improved season so that farmers benefit from the fruits of their labour.

“No matter what systems you use, make sure the buyer is given a fair price,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika also asked buyers to adhere to the set minimum prices for the leaf to ensure that both the farmer and the buyer mutually benefits.

“My Government is following with keen interest all the developments in the tobacco sub-sector since tobacco still remains a key forex earner for the country and contributes to the livelihoods of many Malawians.,” said Mutharika.

Speaking on behalf of the captains of the industry, Limbe Leaf Managing Director Rod Hagger hailed government’s positive approach towards the issue and promised a win-win situation.

President Mutharika is expected to officially open the 2015 Tobacco selling season today in the capital Lilongwe at Kanengo Auction Floors.

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