East tobacco farmer demands trading areas

By Staff Reporter

Tobacco farmers have continued expressing concern over unavailability of tobacco market in Zambia.

Speaking on behalf of other framers to the media on Tuesday in Chipata, Blessings Banda of Lundazi, said it was unfortunate that despite being a well-known fact that tobacco contributed largely to the country’s economy, there was no market for farmers.

Banda, who is also a member of the Tobacco Board of Zambia said there was need for government to engage the Chinese government beyond industrial investment, to provide markets for farmers in the country.
“I’m calling on the provincial administration to talk to the Republican President to consider lobbying for tobacco market from the Chinese government. This will help improve people’s lives and reduce poverty levels in the country, through creation of employment in the tobacco industry,” said Banda.