Tobacco farmers in Eastern Province have been advised to start growing other groups.
Eastern Fodya Association of Zambia EFAZ says that this is because of a slowdown in the demand for tobacco at the world market.
EFAZ Provincial chairperson, Franklin Mwale says that as tobacco farmers are planning for the next season, they should slowdown in the tobacco production.
Mr. Mwale however, notes that despite a slowdown in the demand for tobacco on the world market, Zambian tobacco has a chance of being marketed because of its flavour.
And the EFAZ provincial chairperson has commended President Edgar Lungu for increasing the floor price of maize from 75 to 85 Kwacha per 50 kilogramme bag.
In a statement to Breeze News, Mr Mwale says President Lungu should extend this gesture to independent tobacco farmers who have found themselves facing a lot of challenges in finding market for their produce.
Mr. Mwale has stated that tobacco in Eastern Province is the main cash crop, which could change the economy of the region if handled well.