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imagesTobacco harvesting, curing begins

flue-cured-tobaccoOliver Kazunga, Senior Business Reporter
HARVESTING and curing of the early planted tobacco across the country has begun with farmers impressed by the quality of their crop.

However, hailstorms that hit some parts of the country in the past few days has negatively affected the crop that was still in the field. Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers’ Union president, Mr Wonder Chabikwa, said some farmers have already started harvesting and curing the irrigated tobacco.

“Across the country, the farmers have started reaping and curing irrigated tobacco, which was planted in the first week of September.

“We are very happy that the quality of the crop is good but some of the tobacco, which is still in the fields, has been destroyed by the hailstorm that hit different parts of the country in the past few days,” he said.

“However, to us, the hailstorm did not happen as a surprise as the Meteorological Services Department had predicted. We just hope most of the farmers had insured their tobacco.”...Read more