We at The Tobacco Association of Malawi (TAMA) believe that the success of the tobacco industry lies in the concerted efforts of all the stakeholders in the industry. Specifically, the farmer plays a vital role to ensure that he/she produces his/her tobacco for sale.
This takes the farmer on a path of defined value chain from the point of production to the point of sale (market). This is why TAMA provides appropriate services to its members to ensure an efficient value chain in order to sustain their business for continuity to keep the tradition going.
TAMA is also a founding member of the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA), a grouping of rational tobacco associations based in Lisbon Portugal that defends tobacco growers interests at the grobal level.
To provide visible and compelling services to the grower members and perpetuate sustainable balance in the generation of wealth in a manner that ascertains wider income diversification and value.
To be the most effective and successful Association in the representation of grower member interests in as far as the promotion of tobacco production and marketing is concerned.
HOW TO BECOME A TAMA MEMBER
In the first place, TAMA membership is voluntary and is renewed annually. A tobacco grower whether small scale or corporate, registers with the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) for a following year's production.
The TCC registration form asks the grower to indicate an association to which he/she belongs to by way of filling the space. It is at that point when one writes TAMA as his or her Association that they become a member. Through the TCC data TAMA is able to trace its membership, which stands to benfit from all its services ranging from advocacy to tobacco sales representation in the floors.
Tobacco production is not easy but they are other unscrupulous individuals and groups of people who just want to reap heavily ignoring the producer. This is the time TAMA comes in to aid so that the producer earns what he or she deserves through a win-win protocol.
All growers are encouraged to register with TCC and endorse TAMA as their Association. Members of the association benefit from th association's services on both local and international fronts.
30TH CONGRESS TACKLES TOBACCO LEAF INTEGRITY
The Association held its 30th Annual Congress on 21 June 2018 under the theme “TOBACCO LEAF INTEGRITY – A PREREQUISITE TO CUSTOMER SATISFACTION” at the Ufulu Gardens, Area 43 in Lilongwe. Unpacking the theme was Ron Ngwira, the Leaf Director for Alliance One International (Mw) as guest speaker.
The Guest speaker presented a well-researched paper on what it takes to have a tobacco compliant leaf among the small scale farmers just as it is with the corporate growers. He also presented the global market trends and demands. The Delegates showed interest to ensure that they advise their fellow farmers across the country to seriously consider complying with leaf integrity standards that include child labour and Agricultural Labour Practices (ALP).
The Congress was graced by Hon. Joseph Mwanmveka MP, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development who reiterated Government’s position in supporting the tobacco industry. The Honorable Minister said that his ministry will continue to pay surprise visits to all floors to ensure that there are continued checks at the floors.
The TAMA President, Mr. Abiel Kalima Banda, asked the tobacco merchants to always comply to pay farmers based on the classified grades.
Over 150 delegates attended the Annual Congress.
MALAWI AT 2018 ITGA AFRICA REGIONAL MEETING
Tobacco Association of Malawi attended the 52nd meeting of the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA) Africa Region on 26th and 27th June, 2018, at the Cresta Lodge in Harare, Zimbabwe hosted by Zimbabwe Tobacco Association, ZTA.
Malawi through TAMA was among the countries which participated namely: Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Portugal (ITGA Secretariat)
During the opening session, the ITGA Africa Region President Mr. A. Ford who hails from Zambia encouraged members to take matters of tobacco growing as a big concern.
Malawi’s report gave a briefing on tobacco production demography, production estimates, tobacco market progress, and registration for 2017/2018, and a briefing on World Tobacco Growers Day conducted in 2017.
Extraordinarily, Malawi also made a presentation on behalf of its partner, the Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco growing (ECLT) Foundation on the latter’s works in Africa.
The main annual meeting was opened by the Permanent Secretary for Lands, Agriculture and Mechanization, Mr. Ringson Chitsiko on behalf of the Minister. The PS emphasized the commitment of the Zimbabwe’s government to the cause of the tobacco grower and the importance of the crop to the economy of the country.
CHITSIKO (CENTER) AND THE DELEGATES
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