Tag: zimbabwe

Zimbabwe moving on

Zimbabwe moving on

| February 20, 2018

Boosting the tobacco sector is one of the goals of new and proposed policies aimed at attracting business and investment to Zimbabwe, while encouraging exports.

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Zimbabwe plantings down

Zimbabwe plantings down

| February 19, 2018

Unhelpful weather in Zimbabwe means that flue-cured tobacco plantings are down by more than five percent this season.

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Zimbabwe disease alert

Zimbabwe disease alert

| February 15, 2018

A resurgence of a viral disease in Zimbabwe’s tobacco is being blamed on growers, but those who claim to be overseeing production must surely shoulder some of the blame.

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Tree levy opposed

Tree levy opposed

| February 6, 2018

Not one tree seedling has been planted in Zimbabwe as part of a government reforestation scheme funded to the tune of US$20 million by levies imposed on farmers since 2015.

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Warning: middlemen

Warning: middlemen

| February 2, 2018

It is not just the weather that can turn a good season into a poor one for Zimbabwe’s tobacco growers. Middlemen blowing in after harvest time can do the same.

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Sustainable plans

Sustainable plans

| January 24, 2018

With coal becoming an unacceptable fuel for curing tobacco, Zimbabwe is having to step up its reforestation program so as to allow growers to continue to use wood.

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Tobacco season delayed

Tobacco season delayed

| January 12, 2018

The late onset of rains in Zimbabwe is expected to delay the opening of the flue-cured tobacco selling season, which could have a knock-on effect through the economy.

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Decentralizing sales

Decentralizing sales

| December 14, 2017

Setting up auction sales floors outside Harare should help some tobacco farmers reduce their costs of transport, but some are concerned about whether there will be enough buyers to go around.

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Grower registrations up

Grower registrations up

| December 6, 2017

Farmer registrations for growing flue-cured tobacco in Zimbabwe during the 2017/18 season are up sharply – and are still rising – on those of the 2016/17 season.

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Grower registrations up

Grower registrations up

| October 25, 2017

Grower registrations for Zimbabwe’s 2017/18 flue-cured tobacco season are up sharply on those of the 2016/17 season.

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Call to end contract farming

Call to end contract farming

| September 7, 2017

Despite the benefits that tobacco growing produces for Zimbabwe – and for tobacco dealers and manufacturers, and governments in other countries – most growers remain poor.

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Zimbabwe prices flat

Zimbabwe prices flat

| September 5, 2017

Contrary to an earlier report; it seems that grower prices for flue-cured tobacco in Zimbabwe were flat in 2017.

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Zimbabwe’s sales close

Zimbabwe’s sales close

| August 17, 2017

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured-tobacco growers received a pay rise of one percent this year on the back of a short, good-quality crop.

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Leaf price up 3¢ per kg

Leaf price up 3¢ per kg

| August 9, 2017

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco growers are this year ahead by three US cents per kg on where they were last season.

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Healthy use of sin taxes

Healthy use of sin taxes

| August 7, 2017

It might seem obvious that sin taxes should be used to reduce sinning and help mitigate against the negative effects of sinning. But mostly, such taxes are not ring-fenced in this way.

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Price up US$0.02 per kg

Price up US$0.02 per kg

| July 28, 2017

So far, the average per-kg price paid to farmers in Zimbabwe for their flue-cured tobacco is running two US cents ahead of what it was at the same stage of last season’s sales.

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Zimbabwe prices stable

Zimbabwe prices stable

| June 29, 2017

Grower prices for Zimbabwe’s 2017 flue-cured tobacco crop are at the same level as they were in respect of the 2016 crop.

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Farmers flock to tobacco

Farmers flock to tobacco

| June 27, 2017

There has been a big increase in new farmers registering to grow tobacco in Zimbabwe during the 2017-18 season.

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Research under-appreciated

Research under-appreciated

| June 26, 2017

The once-famous tobacco research station at Kutsaga, Harare, is struggling with problems created by underfunding.

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Grower prices up, down

Grower prices up, down

| June 23, 2017

Grower prices in Malawi are said to be ahead of those of last year because of the quality of the leaf on offer, but in Zimbabwe, where quality is also good, prices are down.

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