By Stephen Chandisareva.

Harare, Zimbabwe. (News of the South – TOBACCO exports have increased this year to 495,000 kg being sold as of now, with the bulk going to South Africa, according to latest statistics from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB).

In the same period last year exports were 297,000 kg.

Latest statistics from TIMB showed that as of 03 January 2018, tobacco worth $1,444,814 had been exported, up from $1,376,100 recorded in the same period last year.



South Africa took the bulk of the crop after importing 201,600kg of the golden leaf valued at $595,880 Belgium was the second top export destination after importing 115,200kg valued at $72,576. Germany, Indonesia and Vietnam were, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
In the period under review, total deliveries as at January 03, 2018
were 495,000 kg compared to 297,000 kg in the prior season.

Tobacco is one of the country’s largest foreign currency earners.

Export destinations for Zimbabwe include Korea, Sudan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, United Kingdom, Spain, New Zealand and Egypt.

According to a TIMB report, the number of farmers registered as tobacco growers increased by 40% to 113,530 compared to 81,172 during
the same period last year.


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