Zimbabwe could produce between 220 000 and 240 000 tonnes of tobacco in 2019

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Is the tobacco industry losing its momentum in Zimbabwe? In fact, its harvest is expected to be between 220 000 and 240 000 tonnes in 2019, which is a decrease in volume compared to last year. This was reported by a source of the industry and tobacco marketing Council (TIMB) that required anonymity.

The expected decline is attributable to the drought that affected leaf yield in some of the production regions.

"Some crops are affected by drought but we are still conducting an assessment to see the current extent of the damage," said Reuters ' source.

As a reminder, the 2018 season despite the drought episode had resulted in a historical record of 252 000 tons.

The country received $892 million in 2018 thanks to the export of the sheet.

Tobacco cultivation will mobilize 170 000 producers in 2019, an increase of about 50 000 individuals compared to 2018.

Moctar FICOU/VivAfrik            

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