All systems go at tobacco auction floors

The country’s tobacco auction floors are ready for a flawless selling season on account of extensive streamlining of processes which have been traditionally problematic especially the issue of payments and side marketing.

Officials at the three auction floors visited by the Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement, Honourable Vangelis Haritatos this Wednesday pledged to effectively execute their mandate.

“We are expecting individually to handle around 32 Million kilogrammes of the Golden leaf this forthcoming season and as you have seen all the preparatory stage is done,” said Zimbabwe Leaf Tobacco Company Managing Director Mark David Mason.

“We have made the necessary preparations in Consultations with TIMB and we are now ready for the commencement of the selling season which we are optimistic will be flawless,” echoed Tobacco Sales Floor General Manager Kennedy Zimunya.

Tianze Tobacco Managing Director Mr Ye Hai said, “As we prepare for the official opening of the selling season we have made all the necessary health protocols to combat the spread of Covid-19.”

After touring the auction floors, Honourable Haritatos expressed satisfaction with the state of preparedness and warned government will not tolerate any malpractices during the marketing season.

“(I am really satisfied with what I have seen in these Auction floors as we prepare for the impending selling season with high hopes that we will break records because we anticipate an improved yield.”

For Zimbabwe, the tobacco selling season is a major highlight with respect to foreign currency generation as it remains one of the country’s top forex earners.