FARMERS from non-traditional tobacco growing areas have turned to the golden leaf, a move that is set to boost output, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (Timb) has said.
"Notably, the tobacco industry has continued to grow with a large number of farmers in non-traditional tobacco growing areas now registering to grow tobacco for the first time. More than 1 000 new growers from Masvingo, Midlands and Matabeleland North provinces are growing tobacco in areas which were previously non-traditional [tobacco growing] areas," she said.
Chinamasa said presently, more than 88 000 growers have registered this year compared to about 65 000 during the same period in 2013.
"Out of the registered growers, 26 000 are new growers who have registered for the first time," Chinamasa said.
This selling season's earnings are expected to beat the
The first bale was auctioned at
Last year, the yield was 167 million kg which sold at an average
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