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Who is manipulating tobacco prices at the floors?

29 Oct 2019 at 11:12hrs | Views
What is happening at the tobacco auction floors come the selling season? Some tobacco farmers are not happy and even their wives are shaking heads in disapproval and dismay.

The children may not know or realise the discontentment in the house but the lack of a new pair of shoes may be nudging at their conscience.

Some pricing models have turned ridiculous with some farmers getting as low as thirty cents per kilogram. Only a few tobacco bales are  bought at jaw dropping prices to give a modicum of good prices but as days pass by, the short lived joy turns to bitterness and dejection as prices tumble to frightening lows.

Who is manipulating prices of the golden leaf? Could there be middlemen playing the 'weal link' or its the global markets in a monetary seismic tremors? Growing tobacco is no child's play, it needs commitment and hard work.

The farmer deserves better, pay the tobacco farmer well so he can go back to the fields and earn the nation the much needed foreign currency.

Some farmers are contemplating turning the barns into chicken runs because of viability problems. As long as the world is smoking Zimbabwe stands to win from the golden leaf grown by our wonderful farmers.

No farmers no future.

Thomas Tondo Murisa. Mash. Central.

Source - Thomas Tondo Murisa
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