Tobacco Crop in Great Demand

July 16th, 2013 00:00

More than a tone of tobacco seed has been marketed so far as requirement for the product proceeds to boost, the Tobacco Research Board (TRB) has explained.

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TRB chief manager Dr. Dehlia Garwe mentioned a tobacco grower needs five grammes of seed to plant a hectare of seedbed. She mentioned there had been a massive and unprecedented requirement for tobacco seed this time of year with the organization having currently ended the preferred variety. "There has been a large and unmatched requirement for tobacco seed this year specifically for one of our well-known types KRK66 (T66) which has recently been released," she stated.

Dr. Garwe explained that TRB had ended the seed type T66 and recommended farmers to purchase KRK 29(T29) even though it was a more slowly variety than T66. Farmers could also purchase T64 at Kutsaga Research Station or at any other TRB shops at the tobacco auction floors. Tobacco production has been boosting with more than 53 848 farmers having signed up to cultivate the crop next season. Tobacco Industry figures demonstrate that as at June 21, about 15 329 farmers had authorized to cultivate the crop for the first time. These are mainly communal growers who are moving from cotton and maize.

Greater than 10 350 farmers have become a member of the tobacco industry whilst about 851 are from the small-scale farming segment. At the same time, Zimbabwe has gained US$577, 3 million from the sale of 156, 2 million kg sold at an average price of US$3, 70 per kg since the advertising season started out on February 13. The quantity of tobacco sold up to now constitutes 20, 4 % an improvement from the 130 million kg worthy of US$480 million marketed during the similar period a year ago.

TIMB figures demonstrate that of the whole tobacco sold 103 million kg were via commitment sales while the rest was sold at the auction. The 2013 flue-cured tobacco selling months will close up on July 5 after only 99 selling days whilst the 2012 selling season held up for more than 145 days. A year ago, Zimbabwe released around 144, 5 million kg of tobacco in opposition to estimated 130 million kg, with sales earning US$527, 6 million. This season, 170 million kg were aimed be sold at the auction floor.

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