Cigarette Manufacturing Plant on the Cards
President Bingu wa Mutharika on Monday disclosed plans to construct a factory for manufacturing cigarettes, the first ever in Malawi.
“We want to start a tobacco processing plant this year. I hope there will be better tobacco marketing season this year. Let’s join hands to improve prices offered at the auction floors,” said Mutharika as he opened the 2012 tobacco marketing season in Lilongwe.
Turning on child labour, the President warned to arrest perpetrators of the malpractice which is common in tobacco growing districts like Kasungu.
“I am aware that you employ teenagers, ferrying them all the way from other districts. This is inhumane and I will deal with the perpetrators,” warned the President.
Meanwhile, the President has pleaded with tobacco buyers to offer better prices to avoid confrontations with growers, saying auction floors are not battle grounds. - Zodiak Online
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