The 2022 Tobacco Marketing Season will open earlier than has usually been the case in previous years.
Chief Executive Officer Dr Joseph Chidanti-Malunga says the early opening has been planned in the economic interest of growers whose tobacco will be ready by March, 2022.
“The Commission is aware that the late onset of rainfall this season will have an impact on tobacco production, hence the need to provide an opportunity to growers who will be ready with their leaf in March to get their proceeds early as well,” said Dr Chidanti-Malunga.
Growers have since been advised to seriously take care of the available tobacco in the field by following all Good Agricultural Practices as advised by extension officers in their areas.
The Commission is also urging growers to ensure that they have adequate and well secured curing sheds and barns to avoid post-harvest losses and to desist from selling their leaf to vendors.
Dates for the opening of the tobacco markets in March will be announced in due course.