Tobacco farmers ready to deliver the golden leaf at auction floors

By Zbc Reporter
TOBACCO farmers say they are now ready to deliver their golden leaf at auction floors on the 22nd of April but have called on relevant authorities to clear the air on the proposed dates for the opening of auction floors.

the 21-day COVID-19 lockdown has given tobacco farmers enough time to process their crop well ahead the official opening of the auction floors

While the 21-day COVID-19 lockdown has given tobacco farmers enough time to process their crop well ahead of the official opening of the auction floors, farmers’ unions have called on relevant authorities to urgently announce new guidelines ahead of next week official opening of the floors.
‘We understand the tobacco industry and marketing board has met with the ministry of agriculture to deliberate on the new tobacco floors guidelines, the farmers are hanging because there are no clear guidelines from the authorities, so we hope this will be addressed urgently so that farmers get the right information than relying on social media,” says George Seremwe, Tobacco Association of Zim President.
Jeffrey Takawira of the Tobacco Industry Development Support Institute for Southern Africa says there is need to clear the uncertainty following social media reports giving confusing information to the farmers.
Meanwhile, the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has dismissed the purported social media reports, saying a stakeholders’ meeting with officials from the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement has been convened, with guidelines expected in due course.