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Chinese to expand tobacco contract growing

Published: 05/11/2011

A group of Chinese investors from Hubei province who are working in partnership with tobacco growers in Manicaland have said they plan to increase the hectarage of their contract farming project to 600 hectares.

Addressing journalists in Harare last week, spokesperson of Hubei provincial government, Li Chunming, said the Chinese market had high regard for the quality of tobacco from Zimbabwe.

“We intend to increase the number of farming hectares to grow more tobacco to about 600 hectares and to expand on the vegetables farming area in the next season,” said Li.

Li was among 12 Chinese nationals who visited the country last week. Contract farming support in the country’s tobacco sector is expected to increase to 40 000 hectares this year from 30 000 hectares last year.

Meanwhile, the Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB) said more tobacco was delivered to the auction floors during the first 50 days of the current selling season compared to the same period last year.

The TIMB said for the first 50 days of the selling season 61,6 million kg of tobacco was sold at an average price of $2,81 a kg realising $173 million.

The average price for last year was $3,10/kg.

TIMB said 764 348 bales were accepted while 59 996 were rejected for various reasons since the start of the selling season.

Players in the industry expect the average tobacco price to remain at $3 per kg while output was expected to increase to between

170 and 200 million kg on the back of increased hectarage this year.




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