The Tobacco Farmers Profit and Income Generating Association (Tofapia) has urged growers in the country against the use of child labour in tobacco production. Tofapia president, Kennedy Kholo, was speaking in Dowa when the grouping planted over 2,500 trees in the area of Traditional Authority Kayembe.
Kholo said use of child labour has the potential to bring down the country’s tobacco industry.
“We don’t want to hear that any grower is using child labour. Let the children go to school. Child labour has no place in tobacco production,” Kholo said.
He also urged the growers to follow good agricultural practices to realise better prices from the crop. “It is very important that Tofapia members follow the regulations of growing tobacco as set by the government,” Kholo said.
Tofopia Secretary General, Bonface Kawese, urged the growers to continue planting trees, saying trees are crucial in tobacco production.
Early this month, United States Executive Assistant Commissioner for Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP), Brenda Smith was in the country to follow up on the Withhold and Release Order imposed on Malawi tobacco in November 2019.
CBP on November 1 2019 issued the order based on information collected by the agency that reasonably indicated the tobacco from Malawi is produced using forcedlabour and child labour