Malawi governments stresses importance of cooperatives for cannabis growers

The Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe has urged cannabis growers to form cooperatives in order to have enhanced bargaining power, which is critical in realizing more benefits in their farming business. He continued to say that the cannabis plant is regulated unlike any other crop, and thus, the certified farmers growing cannabis need to be equipped with expertise so they meet international standards.

"The trainings are an opportunity for our cooperatives to be well equipped with high standards of skills to meet international standards because, unlike other crop, they rely on export markets which are highly competitive. Hence our farmers need to have highly skilled cooperatives," Lowe said.

US Cannabis Association Chief Executive Officer Wezzi Ngalamira said such their organization will act as bridge between farmers and already identified buyers.

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