Large quantities of tobacco shocks growers association

Independent Tobacco Growers Association in Eastern Province is worried with the influx of tobacco on the market.

Speaking to Breeze News Independent Tobacco Growers Association Chairperson James Nyirenda says that too much tobacco is being taken to the market compared to the number of bells that were registered by the famers to the association.

Mr. Nyirenda wondered if all the tobacco is coming from independent farmers because at the time of registration, no farmer registered more than fifty bells.

He says that in some cases farmers deliver to the floors more than 100 bells which has resulted in all the TBZ floors to be full.

Mr Nyirenda says the company is in the process of considering to strictly follow those who registered to sell the crop.

The chairperson says more than five hundred bells are being bought per day and TBZ needs to find alternative places to keep the already bought tobacco to accommodate more that is still coming from independent farmers.

Mr. Nyirenda say he is optimistic that buyers at the market will manage to buy the produce within one month adding that famers are happy with the increase in the buying price.

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