An initiative that Limbe Leaf Tobacco is implementing targeting farmers under the Integrated Production System (IPS) of tobacco farming has the potential to boost the revenue that Malawi gets from the crop.
Limbe Leaf, under its department of agronomy, is encouraging farmers to comply with best practices in tobacco farming to improve the quality of leaf making its way to the auction floors.
The company’s Agronomy Regional Manager for the central region, Jeremiah Madise, said Limbe Leaf is among other things encouraging farmers’ clubs to deliver their quota as per contract and ensure that their tobacco is not mixed with non-tobacco products for better returns.
Madise was speaking when Limbe Leaf awarded best performing tobacco clubs for the 2014/2015 growing season.
“These clubs are compliant to good agriculture and labour practices that Limbe Leaf is encouraging its growers to adopt,” Madise said.
He said the company believes incentivising tobacco production is key to sustaining the economy.
“Malawi as an agro-based economy and Limbe Leaf will continue to give these awards to farmers so that they take farming as a business to maximize their earnings and improve their livelihoods,” Madise said.
Chairperson of Thalite Club, Zakaria Jabesi, thanked Limbe Leaf for the initiative.
The awarded clubs received farm inputs, 35 bags of compound fertiliser and 19 bags of Urea fertiliser.