Drought affects Zimbabwe's tobacco exports

2016-03-30 20:01

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare - The tobacco-selling season started in Zimbabwe on Wednesday at a sales floor packed with bales of harvested and cured leaves, but a persistent drought has cut into the southern African nation's main export earner this year.

Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board chair Monica Chinamasa said there was a 20% decline from 198 000 tons produced last year.

Hundreds of farmers, including women with babies strapped on their backs, converged at the Tobacco Sales Floor in the capital Harare to auction their crop. Small trucks with bails of tobacco lined the streets outside, as anxious farmers were directed to various drop-off points.

Godfrey Chirau, a farmer who travelled about 100km to sell his leaves, said due to a low yield he could not secure a loan that would have allowed him to better prepare his land.

Parts of southern Africa are experiencing drought caused by the El Nino effect.

Read more on:    zimbabwe  |  southern africa  |  agriculture

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.