Sales set to start

Zimbabwe’s 2019 flue-cured tobacco marketing season is scheduled to start on March 20, according to a story by Kudakwashe Mhundwa for The Herald, quoting the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB).

The start of the marketing season was delayed this year because planting was held up by the late onset of rain.

The TIMB said that the auction season would start on March 20, while contract tobacco sales would start on March 21.

Sales bookings started yesterday and deliveries will be accepted from March 18.

Meanwhile, another story in the Herald, this one by Nesia Mhaka and Ellen Chasokela, quoted the TIMB’s corporate communications manager Isheunesu Moyo as saying that three auction floors had been licensed for the 2019 sales season: the Tobacco Sales Floor, Boka Tobacco Auction Floors and Premier Tobacco Auction Floors.

He said all the licensed floors were ready.