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.
MALAWI HOSTS THE 2015 ITGA AFRICA REGIONAL SUMMIT
This year’s Africa Regional Meeting for the International Tobacco Growers Association took place at the Sogecoa Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe, Malawi. The official opening was by the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Honourable Dr. Allan Chiyembekeza, MP.
The ITGA President Francois Van der Merwe encouraged tobacco growers and all stakeholders not to get worried with the arguments being made by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), as it is just their bread and batter to be negative about tobacco. “Do not be negative about tobacco. These people get their money out of speaking against tobacco and nothing else,” he said.
He however, hinted that due to global over production of the crop, prices have been compromised around the world. For this reason he advised tobacco growing countries to ensure controlling the production levels. He further encouraged member countries to ensure diversifying so that growers should always have a complimentary crop at a time when tobacco may not be profitable.
Presenting the activities of ITGA, The Chief Executive Officer for the ITGA Mr. Antonio Abrunhosa advised the participating countries to join the Asian friends who have vehemently protested the efforts of France to impose and implement the plain packaging for cigarettes.
The ITGA summit gathered together delegates from Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and hosts- Malawi
ITGA Delegates posing for a group photo with the Minister (c) front line