Written by A MARAPOST CORRESPONDENT
BLANTYRE--About 16 000 tobacco farmers in Malawi are planning to drag the Malawi government and the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) to court over a decision to implement the farming Integrated Production System (IPS) in the 2012/13 season.
If implemented, 80 percent of tobacco will be sold under contract farming and buyers will have individual contracts with tobacco farmers without going through the auction floors where tobacco is sold.
However, a High Court injunction has already stopped both the introduction and implementation of the system pending determination on the matter.
Any disobedience to the order will be tantamount to contempt of court, according to the court documents under Judicial Cause number 29 of 2012.
The farmers are challenging government and TCC through their six tobacco growers associations.
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