Farmer's Voice

Zimbabwe

As a result of the wet weather and loss in yield, a current crop size estimate 170 million kilogrammes If was not for the wet season, a crop +220 million kilogrammes could have been attained. 2017 Flue Cured Market Review 2017 sales season opened with auction sales on 15 March 2017 with contract sales opening the following day.  Sales commenced two weeks earlier than in 2016. With the wet weather came increased reaping rates resulting in tobacco curing starting earlier and a significant portion of tobacco ready for market by early March.  E- Marketing was introduced on the auction floors this season. It has had initial technical challenges but is used when functioning.