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Myriad challenges are plaguing Zimbabwe’s tobacco sector and threatening its viability in spite of the fact that tobacco is one of the country’s top foreign currency earner. Read more

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Bullion Leaf Zimbabwe will contract farmers that did not benefit under the company’s input support scheme to sell in Bullion’s auction floors. Read more

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A local engineering firm has developed an energy-efficient twin-turbo tobacco curing barn that is set to cut energy bills for tobacco farmers and reduce the impact on the environment. Read more

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Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB) raised weighing and auction floor fees, from US$4.50. Read more

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Africa’s marketing season has not brought good news for Zimbabwean tobacco growers, according to the latest International Tobacco Growers’ Association Crop Monitor report, leading to call for a meeting of all industry stakeholders. Read more

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Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry Marketing Board has raised weighing and auction floor fees, from US$4.50 last season to US$7.70 per bale this season. Read more

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Activities at Zimbabwe’s tobacco auction floors were expected to improve following the scrapping of the 2% electronic transfer tax on all activities at the country’s tobacco floors, with prices being offered for the crop beginning to firm. Read more

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Industrial holdings group, TSL which has operations in agriculture, logistics, and real estate, has recorded a 19% jump in revenue. Read more

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As part of our continuing series on independent leaf suppliers we are introducing a Hong Kong-based company that has spread its wings around the globe and a Zimbabwean start-up attempting its first successful baby steps. Read more

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The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board is encouraging tobacco farmers to diversify into other high-value export crops such as chia, an oilseed, to boost their income. Read more

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Zimbabwe’s tobacco sales reached a record high signaling that controversial land reforms could be working and raising hopes that it could help ease the country’s severe dollar shortage. Read more

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Farmers have sold 167.14 million kg of tobacco by Day 49 of the selling season, 20% shy of a current season target of 200 million kg. Read more

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An increase in farmers who have embraced cash crop farming over the years may be the reason. Read more

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It is no longer just growers and associations seeking alternative crops to tobacco production. The industry itself has already surrendered to this transition. Read more

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The Tobacco Industry Marketing Board has suspended Agritrade Leaf from buying tobacco in Rusape amid revelations that the company was buying the golden leaf from non-contracted farmers, in contravention of laid down procedures. Read more

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The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board expects Zimbabwe’s tobacco output to rise 5.8% this year as farmers started selling their crop at the country’s auctions. Read more

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A projected 44 million kilograms of tobacco from farmers who benefited from the US$28 million credit facility from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is expected to go a long way in shielding the auction system. Read more

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Foreign currency incentives have played a large role in drawing more than 116,000 farmers to register for the 2017/18 marketing season. Read more

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Mashonaland East has taken the lead over all the country’s provinces in terms of the hectarage that has been put under flue-cured tobacco, having 5,625 hectares of the cash crop out of the 15,296 ha planted countrywide. Read more

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Zimbabwe’s earnings from tobacco sales, a major foreign currency earner, fell 7.35% to a below target US$551 million this year. Read more

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From the Associate editor

Jumping the Gun with E-Cig Bans?

Food for thought: could this rush to ban e-cigarettes and flavors actually backfire on public health?

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