Articles tagged 'tobacco'

Tobacco farmers face prosecution 11 May 2018 HARARE - The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) says farmers who do not destroy their golden leaf stalks by next Tuesday will be prosecuted. According to the country’s regulations, farmers are expected to comply with the Plant Pests and Diseases Act to prevent the carryover of disease...
Tobacco farmers rake in $236 million 10 May 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's tobacco farmers have so far earned over $236 million from 83 million kilogrammes (kg) that have gone under the hammer at the country’s auction floors in the last 30 days. Statistics from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board show that last year during the same period, th...
Govt acts on 'rogue' tobacco buyers 7 May 2018 HARARE - The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has suspended the operations of tobacco buyers accused of giving farmers a raw deal. This comes amid disgruntlement and complains by frustrated farmers who are threatening to quit growing the crop, claiming they are being short-changed b...
Tobacco deliveries increase 26 April 2018 HARARE - The 2018 tobacco deliveries to the auction floors continue to increase after 21 days of marketing, with 40 million kilogrammes of tobacco going under the hammer earning Zimbabwe $112 million. Statistics from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) show that the 2018 earnings d...
'Tobacco curing decimating forests' 26 April 2018 HARARE - Government has threatened to repossess land from resettled farmers who continue to use vast quantities of wood to cure their tobacco, contributing to deforestation and defying calls to use coal. “The country will turn into a desert in no time, should this practice be allowed to contin...
Zim children drop out of school to work on tobacco farms 6 April 2018 HARARE - Children in tobacco-growing regions are dropping out of school during the growing seasons to supply labour for planting and harvesting, a damning human rights report has revealed. This comes as the employment of children between the ages of 12 and 16 remains prevalent in Zimbabwe's to...
Tobacco season opens on high note 24 March 2018 HARARE - The 2018 tobacco marketing season opened on a high note, with the golden leaf auctioning at $4,99 per kg, 39 cents higher than last year's opening price. The first sales raked in $346 000 from 156 000kg that went under the hammer. Tobacco Sales Floor (TSF) offered $4,99 per kg whil...
Pine trees to ease tobacco-curing burden 18 January 2018 MUTARE - Use of fast-growing exotic trees has lifted the burden off indigenous trees in tobacco curing which is responsible for 20 percent of over 350 000 hectare annual vegetation loss that has been increasingly threatening the nation’s biodiversity. Pine trees, abundant in Manicaland, are ex...
Zim tobacco output rebounds 15 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe’s tobacco production has so far outpaced the previous year by most measures including volume and value sold. Production and sales of tobacco rose from 66,8million kg in the prior season to 87,9 million kg as at day 32 of the marketing season following last year’s devastating ...
BAT fails to remit $8m dividend 12 May 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's largest cigarette manufacturer, British American Tobacco (BAT), is failing to pay over $8 million in dividend to its offshore major shareholder, due to foreign payment delays. BAT finance director, Lucas Francisco, yesterday told the businessdaily that the cigarette manufac...
Farmers left to rot at auction floors 7 May 2017 HARARE - Tapiwa Kadzura travelled all the way from Karoi, he had his tobacco bales and hoped to make a kill at the auction floors — but reality is different. He sleeps in a toilet and scrounges for food as he and other farmers are told there is no money to pay them now. Last week, Kadzura a...
Police tear-gas, bash tobacco farmers 5 May 2017 HARARE - The Tobacco Sales Floors (TSF) premises were turned into a war zone yesterday as police fought running battles with angry farmers who staged a demonstration demanding their cash from banks. Police tears-gased and thrashed the desperate farmers in a mayhem which left some injured and p...
Tobacco farmers failing to get cash 18 April 2017 HARARE - Tobacco farmers are struggling to get their money at auction floors, as the country's severe cash crunch continues to worsen. This is despite the government's recent directive to banks to pay tobacco farmers $1 000 for their initial sales. Frustrated farmers who spoke to the Daily ...
Crisis as the govt hikes farmers' tax 1 April 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s stone-broke government has imposed a new 10 percent tax on tobacco sales, prompting angry farmers to threaten to withhold their crops for the current marketing season. This comes as impoverished Zimbabweans are reeling from a wave of other additional taxes th...
Zim must learn to value its farmers 18 March 2017 HARARE - The treatment of tobacco farmers in the past few days by buyers has brought to the fore issues of how farmers across the country are treated as second-class citizens. Tobacco farmers are complaining that the new the electronic auction system is not working and they are not happy with ...
Tobacco selling season ready to roll 18 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe’s tobacco auction floors will open next month, with government hoping earnings from the crop will solve the country’s dollar crunch. Tobacco is the country’s major foreign currency earner after it raked in nearly $1 billion last year in export receipts ahead of platinum and g...
Zim faces locust invasion 15 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe faces a red locust invasion which further threatens maize and wheat yields, as the country battles to control fall army worm that has ravaged crops. The red locusts — a large grasshopper species — are aggressive and destructive crop-eating pests that move in swarms, feeding o...
Desperate baboons feed on tobacco 5 February 2017 HURUNGWE - Intelligent and thus highly adaptable, baboons have added another cuisine to their growing menu of delicacies, this time the country's most priced cash crop — tobacco. With agricultural practice lacking concern for ecological balance, these Chocma monkeys are reaping revenge on farm...
Tobacco farmers increase 10 January 2017 HARARE - The number of registered tobacco farmers for the 2016/17 season has increased by 10 910 to 81 172, as more growers are being lured by good fortunes from the golden leaf, official data shows. Figures released by the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) indicated that communal fa...
Zim earns $926m from tobacco exports 31 December 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe has earned $926 million from tobacco exports since the beginning of the selling season early this year. This was after the country had exported over 163 million kilogrammes of the golden leaf to various countries across the world. Latest statistics from the Tobacco Industr...
China rescues Zimbabwe 28 November 2016 HARARE - The Chinese cigarette industry is helping ease cash crisis in Zimbabwe by snapping up 52,3 million kilogrammes (kg) of tobacco valued at $425,5 million in the eight months to November, latest data show. China, which has the world's largest population and has more smokers in the world ...
Rudland hammered again 15 September 2016 HARARE - Controversial businessman Simon Rudland has lost his bid to continue selling his Rudland & George (RG) cigarette brand in Zimbabwe after the High Court upheld its previous order barring the distribution of the product. In a follow up to its September 2 provisional ruling that Livera T...
US, Mauritius dump Zim tobacco 5 September 2016 HARARE - The United States of America and Mauritius have stopped importing Zimbabwean tobacco over escalating human rights abuses, sources say. Latest statistics from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (Timb) indicate that the two countries — among Zimbabwe's top 10 tobacco export destin...
Tobacco farmers tough it out 31 July 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwean tobacco farmers have remained resilient in the face of a devastating drought — which has left more than 5,5 million people in need of food aid — and are set to surpass the new target of 190 million kilogrammes (kg). This was after the country had set an initial target of 17...
Zim targets 190m kg tobacco output 27 July 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe has revised its tobacco sales target from 175 million kilogrammes (kg) to 190 million kg as deliveries continue to trickle in. This was after the country last week surpassed its initial target by more than five percent at 183 million kg of the golden leaf earning the country ...