A Smoking Hot Topic - Malawi Mulls Tobacco vs Cannabis Crops

Tobacco contributes over 60% of earnings to Malawi's economy but President Lazarus Chakwera has said that farmers should move away from growing the product and switch to other other cash crops, like cannabis, which has been legalised in the country in 2020, for industrial and medicinal use. The president said that Malawi's tobacco industry "is dying". He added that Malawi needed "an exit strategy to transition farmers to crops that are more sustainable and more profitable." Prices for tobacco has taken a huge knock, largely because of low global demand and ongoing global anti-smoking campaigns backed by the World Health Organization.

 

 

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tobacco farm, top, cannabis crop,bottom left, cannabis oil, middle, picked cannabis (file photo).

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