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At least 66,554 hectares of land have been put under tobacco in Zimbabwe as at the end of last week as planting of the crop gathers momentum throughout the country following the onset of the rains, the industry regulator says.

The area represents an increase from 56,623 hectares which had been planted during the comparable period last year. Of the 66,554 hectares, 51,998 hectares were under dry land

tobacco while the remainder was an irrigated crop.

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) also disclosed here Thursday that 80,327 farmers have so far registered to grow tobacco during the 2016/17 season, a 14 per cent increase from 70,161 recorded at the same time last year. Of the total number of registered growers, 38.217 are communal farmers.

Since the country started using multiple foreign currencies in 2009, the tobacco industry has been one of the fastest to recover from the economic meltdown of the past decade due to favorable prices and organized marketing.

Many farmers have been abandoning other cash crops such as cotton for tobacco because of favourable prices and tobacco is now the single biggest export commodity for Zimbabwe, ahead of

platinum and gold.

As at Dec 23, at least 163.5 million kilogrammes of tobacco worth 926.3 million US dollars had been exported at an average price of 5.67 USD per kg. Zimbabwe's tobacco is exported to countries like China, South Africa, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Sudan and Russia, among others.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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