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TIMB seeks to combat spread of cholera during tobacco marketing season

Story by Peter Chivhima

THE Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) says it is working with the Ministry of Health and Child Care to combat the spread of cholera during the golden leaf marketing season.

In an interview with the ZBC News this Thursday, TIMB Public Affairs Officer, Mrs Chelesani Moyo Tsarwe assured the nation that all is in place to contain the spread of cholera at tobacco selling points and auction floors.

“We are working together with the Ministry of Health and Child Care so that cholera won’t spread during the tobacco marketing season. As we are talking right now, our team is on the ground assessing the availability of water at selling points and auction floors.”

The 2024 tobacco marketing season kicks off on the 13th of March for auction floors with contract floors opening on the 14th.

Stakeholders who spoke to the ZBC News on the sidelines of a collaborative engagement to grow the sector held in Harare this Thursday applauded the government for positive interventions in the sector.

“We want to thank the government for the efforts meant to grow the tobacco industry. Farmers need to be protected from scammers, farmers need to be empowered and we have seen the government doing all this,” said tobacco expert, Mr Pascal Masocha.

“In terms of coming up with measures meant to protect farmers, I think the government is doing well,” added another Tobacco expert, Dr Innocent Mugwagwa.

The country racked in 296 million kilogrammes of the golden leaf last year, narrowly missing the 300 million kilogramme target set by the government.

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