Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry is assessing compliance with covid-19 regulations at selling points ahead of the 2021 marketing season.
Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) chairman Pat Davenish says inspection of selling points has already started.
“The inspections are in progress as we seek to ensure that there is that greater need to unlock value to the farmers,” he said.
Tobacco Association of Zimbabwe President George Seremwe believes there is need for wider consultations with relevant stakeholders.
“We are ready to deal with the pandemic and it is just that need to facilitate transparent systems that is critical,” Seremwe said.
This year’s tobacco output is expected to reach over 200 million kilogrammes from about 185 million during the 2019/2020 season.