Zim tobacco production edges towards 200 million kg

AT least 193 million kg of tobacco had gone under the hammer by Monday as tobacco production edges towards the 200 million kg mark, according to latest statistics from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB).

CHIEF BUSINESS REPORTER

If it reaches that mark, it would be the first time in 14 years as the rebound in output continues driven by small-scale farmers.

Statistics from TIMB showed that 193 102 862kg had been sold at the country’s three auction floors — Tobacco Sales Floor, Boka Tobacco Floors and Premier Tobacco Floor — and the contract system by Monday (day 80).

The output was 32% up from the same period last year when 145 965 403kg were sold. The value of the tobacco sold was $613 998 297, up 14% from last year’s $539 727 578.

The tobacco selling season normally runs up to day 125. With daily sales reaching about 1 million kg, there are indications that output would be around 130 million kg, short of the 1998 peak of 260 million kg.

Output as of Monday was the ninth highest since 1980.

But the figures don’t look good for the auction floors as they moved a quarter of the output with the remainder going via the contract system.

This will pile more pressure on the auction floors that recently raised alarm that the contract system was pushing them out of business.

Boka chief executive officer Rudo Boka told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Lands and Mechanisation last month that contract marketing in the tobacco industry had become too dominant to the extent that 62% to 70% of business was contracted.

“We also notice in the next five years we will have monopolistic buyers and currently, contractors offer a price of $5,80 while at auction floors the price is reduced at $4,99 and the current pricing system will see contract marketing dominating at 60% to 70%, while our auction floors are operating at 40% capacity because we also have to compete with decentralised auction floors,” said Boka.

“Currently there are 17 floors marketing a tobacco crop size of 166 million kilogrammes and we are concerned that current systems are not user friendly to indigenous players like Premier

and Boka as we invested a lot of money on infrastructure and are told to put up adequate ablution facilities, accommodation, and others and yet contract floors are not given the same terms for operation.”

Contract marketing has been increasing due to the inability of local banks to finance tobacco farming after the fast-track land reform programme left them exposed. Banks were left holding the title deeds as government proceeded with allocating land to locals.

25 Comments

  1. don't fool us

    Yes that’s good news but tell us how much land was used..200 m from 2moro Hec is not an achievement compared to 230m from 1m Hec

    1. The figures are looking good given the fact that most of these farmers are not experienced. When the have horned enough experience, efficiency will improve and the per hectare output will increase and the 1998 output will be eclipsed.

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      2. @ ndini uya they will probably run out of wood to cure the tobacco at the rate deforestation is taking place. Why celebrate the increase of this noxious weed when we can’t even feed ourselves. In other words under the previous farmers we grew more tobacco, were environmentally sensitive, fed the nation and had enough to export the excess. Put matters into context before commenting positively.

        1. Mutizwa Dondo

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      3. Mutizwa Dondo

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    3. …unless you consider the fact that the spoils are no longer concentrated in the hands of the privileged few!?

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  3. HONA MWANA WAKO

    CHERO IKAITA 250MILLION MARI YACHO IRIKUENDA KUPI???MUNYIKA HAMUNA MARI WORSE STILL BANKING DEPOSITS HAVE SLOWED DOWN AND 1.78BN HAS GONE ..KOYEFODYA IRIPI NHAI VANHU.MAKGS ASINA MARI AYO.

    1. This money is going straight into the pockets of farmers. They shall give us the export value of all the tobacco at a later date. Iyi imari iri kupinda muhomwe dzevarimi.

      1. Mutizwa Dondo

        WAKAPENGA… NGATITOPEMBERAI WANGUDA… USATEERERE MAPOLITICAL SKEWED ACTIVISTS AYO asingade kuona zvakanaka nekuti havasi panyanga… THIS IS GREAT NEWS FOR ZIMBABWE… mhururur.. ZVIROTO ZVAGUSHUNGO ZVODA KUZADZISWA… mhururu nemheterwa uko… ASVOTWA NGAARUTSE……kana kudzokera ikoko kwamairima kamunda kadidki muchikohwa zvakawanda…. mole eyed!!

  4. CONTRACT TOBACCO IS BETTER IN THAT IT ALLOWS A GRADUAL FLOW OF INCOME AND MANAGES PRICE INFLATION TO ALL THE INDUSTRIES ,IN THAT FERTILISER COMPANIES ARE NOTIFIED IN ADVANCE AS TOBACCO COMPANIES ORDER FERTILISERS ACCORDING TO CONTRACTED FARMERS AT THE SAME TIME WITHDRAWALS IN THE BANKING SECTOR IS MANAGED AND NOT HAPHAZARD AS IN THE CASE OF CASH PURCHASES KU AUCTION FLOOR ,THIS HAS THE BENEFIT OF REDUCING THE EFFECT OF FINACIAL CROWDING OUT NORMALLY BROUGHT ABOUT BY OVERBORROWING BY MOST OF THESE COMPANIES DURING THIS SEASON.SO PROPERK FOR PACKAGING KNOW HOW MUCH HESSIANS WILL BE NEEDED,AGRO CHMICALS WILL ALSO KNOW ETC IN THIS CASE EMPLOYMENT WILL INCREASE.ZVE MAAUCTION NDEZVEKUPA ANA RUDO BOKA MARI BUT NO DIRECT BENEFIT KUNZE KWE KUTENGA MABENZ.MUNOSARA NE 10-15% OF THE FARMERS ,AS THE CONTRACT MODEL IS FAR BETTER THAN THE AUCTION SYSTEM SPECIALLY IN A SMALL COUNTRY LIKE ZIM WHICH NEEDS TO MANAGE INFLOWS AND OUTFLOWS.

  5. Fakmore Mthakathi

    Herewith the facts in tonnes (1,000 KG’s) since 1980 to 2000. Source: www dot fao dot org

    The 1998 is such a nice round figure it is suspicious.

    1980 – 125,038
    1981 – 71,812
    1982 – 90,602
    1983 – 98,956
    1984 – 124,872
    1985 – 107,957
    1986 – 116,456
    1987 – 121,320
    1988 – 114,736
    1989 – 130,361
    1990 – 130,394
    1991 – 178,595
    1992 – 211,394
    1993 – 204,790
    1994 – 182,466
    1995 – 198,380
    1996 – 208,716
    1997 – 215,369
    1998 – 260,000
    1999 – 193,183
    2000 – 227,726

    NOW FAST FORWARD to
    2013 – 166,000 plus
    2014 – 210,000 plus

    1. The fact is that the peak in tobacco production was 236 million tonnes achieved in 1998, not 260. This is the fact not those fictitious figures.

    2. hey can u help me where ar u getting thoz figures lm searching for them can u help me

  6. Fakmore Mthakathi

    This year will be in the TOP 5 of what the country has ever produced since 1980. We can all see that the Growth in Volumes actually started in 1980, and up to 1990, the production record was 130,394.

    I say

    “NGAVA GUMBUKE ZVAVO”!

    1. why not also give maize statistics during the same period.

      1. Why Maize? How about derere while you are at it?

      2. Mutizwa Dondo

        nonsense… wogoda zvechibage isu tirikutaura zvefodya… asi wakadhakwa nepolitics… wakudziwanza manje…. pemberera zvakanaka zvabuditswawo neNewsday izvi….

        …wat u r trying to say is akin to calling for the cricket world cup when we are in the fifa world cup season…. INONZI OFFFF TOPIC!!

        mhururu nemheterwa uko… true signs ekuti baba chatunga semroti that he is vanenge vane zvavakaona zveshuwa…. yiririri… tsviyo tsviyo tsvi… yiiiirrrrri! yioiiirrririri!!

    2. Mutizwa Dondo

      WAKAPENGA… NGATITOPEMBERAI WANGUDA… USATEERERE MAPOLITICAL SKEWED ACTIVISTS AYO asingade kuona zvakanaka nekuti havasi panyanga… THIS IS GREAT NEWS FOR ZIMBABWE… mhururur.. ZVIROTO ZVAGUSHUNGO ZVODA KUZADZISWA… mhururu nemheterwa uko… ASVOTWA NGAARUTSE……kana kudzokera ikoko kwamairima kamunda kadidki muchikohwa zvakawanda…. mole eyed!!

    3. Mutizwa Dondo

      You can say that again Mthakathi… rekutanga rako iro ndatadza kurishevedza… ALL THE SAME… SHUWA IYOYO…. NGAVAGUMBUKE HAVO… NDINI UYA UYA!!

  7. CORRECTION!!!!!! Zimbabwe’s peak tobacco production is 236 million kgs, NOT 260.

  8. Mutizwa Dondo

    Ndatenda ndikafara zvangu…. fodya iyi ikangosvika pa210mil KGs MDC bhabhai zvamchoooo, weather MDC-Tea, TB, M, N, 99 ….yoooooohweeee, kopooo iwo maMDC acho zvaakutopedza 26letter alphabet apa atonhanira number line…. lolkkkk…. Moses ndomuziva inini!!

  9. Its funny how it has suddenly gone to politics. I bet the Zimbabwe national football team did not qualify because of MDC

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