Zimbabwe kicks off Tobacco Sales With Impressive Harvest

A worker at Boka Tobacco auction floors displays some of the tobacco crop, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday May 14, 2013. The country’s tobacco selling season kicked off in February and to date tobacco worth over $400 million dollars has been sold to buyers mostly from China and the European Union.

Tobacco farmers in Harare mark the start of tobacco sales season. Buyers and sellers gathered on the trading floor in Zimbabwe’s capital to bid on bales of dried tobacco leaves as the marketing season kicks off in a market hall despite strict health restrictions.

Tobacco is a major source of foreign exchange for this southern African nation with sales reaching $782 million in 2020.

Tobacco production in Zimbabwe is expected to grow by nearly 9% this year,Measuring this achievement, Tobacco regulatory authority said on Wednesday that the country is on track to produce 200,000 tonnes of tobacco this year from 184,000 in 2020.

According to a Tobacco farmer, Steady Zvavvamw, the tobacco harvest was very good this season and they expect good profit this year since everyone can see good prices as well. The highest he saw was US$4.30 and the lowest was US$2 and only bbecause it was a bit wet.

Tobacco Farmer, Remember Kapikinyi expressed his happiness at the turn of harvest in Tobacco industry, saying “… so far I have got two hectares, I have grown this year, two hectares. We are happy, we are happy for this season was good, the rains were there. We are very much happy, so we are expecting better prices”.

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