Tobacco deliveries improve

Tobacco deliveries have improved as prices are expected to firm up, an official has said

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Tobacco deliveries have improved as prices are expected to firm up, an official has said.

Speaking at a post cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutscangwa said 31 contractors and 36 auction floor buyers had been licensed to operate.

“Cabinet received an update from the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement on the 2019 tobbaco marketing season which commenced on March 20, 2019. 31 contractors and 36 auction floor buyers had been licensed to operate. 

“There has been a gradual increase in daily deliveries at most selling prices are expected to firm up after Easter holidays,” Mutsvangwa said.

Some farmers were not delivering their tobbaco because of the payment system for the crop at the auction floors.

The farmers said the system is currently dominated in RTGS dollars is not fair as the local currency gets wiped out by ever increasing cost of inputs.