The torrential rain associated with Cyclone Idai has not affected tobacco production in Malawi, according to a story in The Maravi Post quoting the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC).
The rain has caused devastating floods in some parts of the country, but, reportedly, not in the areas where tobacco is grown.
Addressing the Media Network on Tobacco (MNT) on Wednesday in the capital, Lilongwe, TCC CEO, Kayisi Sadala said a second crop estimate had put tobacco production at 205.5 million kg, fractionally more than that of the previous season, 202 million kg.
Meanwhile, the MNT acting vice chairperson, Arnold Mnelemba, reminded the TCC of child labor issues, saying they were critical and needed to be addressed.
He said, too, that there was a need for a program of afforestation to make the growing of the crop sustainable.