I am delighted to be here today to officially open the 2017 tobacco marketing season. This year’s tobacco growing season has been favoured with good weather patterns, suitable for tobacco and other crops. We have seen a beautiful crop on the selling floors. We have seen the harvest is of good quality that raises hope.
Mzimba South Civil Society Organisations Network (Mzisonet) says Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) met a lot of challenges in the 2016/2017 growing season and this will contribute to poor crop production in some households in the district.
Rice is considered one of the key strategic crops in the country with a massive potential to be promoted primarily as an import substitute, but also as an export crop.
As an export crop, rice has the potential to generate the much-needed revenue in the country.