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By Jacqueline Ndindi:

FACES COMPETITION— Tobacco

Tobacco farmers have been encouraged to adopt advanced technologies to shore up production.

Speaking when Agricultural Research and Extension Trust (Aret) organised a field day in Kambale Village, Traditional Authority Mkhumba, in Phalombe District on Monday, Aret Board Chair, Reuben Maigwa, said such technologies culminate in increased yields and sales.

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“For example, we are encouraging farmers to cultivate advanced tobacco types such as ABH12, ABH31 and ABH43, which yield bigger tobacco leaves. Farmers also harvest more from a small area.

“We are also encouraging farmers to diversify as a contingency measure,” Maigwa said.

Blantyre Agricultural Development Division Programme Manager, Eric Haramani, encouraged farmers to avoid mixing tobacco with trash.

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“Our tobacco in Malawi is very reputable worldwide and we would like to jealously guard this reputation,” he said.

One of the farmers, Amos Makina, said he had benefitted from the use of improved varieties of tobacco.

“I now harvest more tobacco leaves than before,” he said.

The field day also served as the launch of 143 tobacco farming field days which Aret plans to hold across the country.

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