Zim Tobacco Farmers Earn US$9 million in 3 days

A worker at Boka Tobacco auction floors displays some of the tobacco crop, in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Tobacco Farmers in Zimbabwe have earned US$8.9 million from the sales of 3.7 million kg of Tobacco at the auction and contract floors in the first three days of the 2021 tobacco marketing season.

This represents an increase of over 1000 percent from the US$783,465 earned during the same period in 2020 after the sale of 374,338kg.

The 2021 tobacco marketing season opened last Wednesday while contract floors opened the following day. Most of the crop so far has been sold through the contract floors.

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has revealed that 3.3 million kg of tobacco valued at US$7.9 million has been sold at the contract floors in the first two days, while farmers sold 489,153kg worth US$1,052,245 at the auction floors in three days.

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Thousands of tobacco bales have been sold at the contract floors

45,651 bales have been sold at the contract floors compared to 6,145 bales at the auction floors. Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union president, Shadreck Makombe, yesterday said farmers with a good quality crop were getting viable prices while a low-quality crop was fetching low prices.

Makombe says prices so far appear to be fair especially at the contract floors. We expect the prices to continue firming as farmers bring the best of their grade. We urge farmers to work on improving the quality of the crop.

Zimbabwe National Farmers Union vice president, Edward Dune, said there were still be a few issues at the auction floors, which need to be “sorted”.

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