Articles tagged 'tobacco'

Tobacco earnings near $1bn 28 July 2018 HARARE - The 2018 tobacco marketing season ended on Friday with the country having surpassed the 2000 production record of 236 million kiligrammes(kg) which earned Zimbabwe over $920 million. Statistics from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board show that 2018 production increased to 240 mi...
Tobacco sales at all-time high 23 July 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe's tobacco sales have reached a record high of 237,1 million kg with a week to go before the selling season ends, official data showed on Friday, raising hopes the second biggest export could help ease the country's severe dollar shortage. Growing demand from China, the world'...
Zim tobacco output hit all-time high 4 July 2018 HARARE - Eighteen years after the collapse of Zimbabwe's agriculture sector in the wake of former President Robert Mugabe's land grab programme, tobacco production has hit a record 207 million kg, with black farmers funded by private firms producing the highest volume ever produced in the post-la...
Tobacco farmers deserve more support 20 June 2018 EDITOR — Growing tobacco is not an easy task. The process is labour intensive and therefore, should be supported accordingly by different stakeholders involved. The majority of the tobacco farmers are small-scale and they grow their tobacco on small pieces of land where family members provide ...
Zimbabwe tobacco sales up 7 June 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwean farmers sold 167,14 million kg of the nation’s top export earner, tobacco, by Day 49 of the selling season, which is 20 percent shy of a current season target of 200 million kg, official data showed yesterday. Compared to the same period last year, the volumes outturn is 19...
Tobacco farmers earn $400m 26 May 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwean tobacco farmers have so far earned $400 million after 42 days of marketing from 138 million kilogrammes as expectations are high that the 2018 sales will reach 200 million kg. During the same period last year, farmers had earned $349 million from 123 million kg. Statisti...
Tobacco sales reach $355 million 25 May 2018 HARARE - The 2018 tobacco sales have reached $300 million after 39 days of marketing from 123 million kilogrammes as expectations are high that the sales will reach 200 million kg. Statistics from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) show that about 68 000 contracted growers have de...
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...