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The excitement is difficult to hide

24 May 2020 at 21:55hrs | Views
The tobacco selling 'season' is upon us and with it, 'Dollars are in the air'. There is visible excitement in the village, even kids are now laughing louder than before as if aware that once the tobacco has been taken to the auction floors new clothes, sweets and improved relish are a certainty.

Remember the returns are an annual salary that must 'heal' the austerities of the whole year and provide hedging for that 'rainy day'. Already a few deliveries of the golden leaf were made, the cheer is difficult to hide. Although Covid-19 and its attendant restrictions have dampened the celebratory atmosphere, nevertheless villagers are quite hopeful of good returns. Even the shops are stocking high and wide expecting a boon in fortunes.

Missing from the cake sharing equation are ladies of the night who seem to have been dealt a heavy blow by the lockdown that has sidelined them. How shall they meet the monied farmers to wrestle a dime or two of the tobacco cash? With bars and nightclubs under lock and key the red light activities have scaled down to insignificance. Even most vendors are not enjoying the genesis of the tobacco selling season like in the past.

This time the farmer's family will enjoy their toil in style, no 'cash leaks' to undeserving elements.

Since jobs are hard to come by, urban youths must serious consider tobacco farming and horticulture. There is money in the soil.

Thomas Tondo Murisa. Mash. Central.

Source - Thomas Tondo Murisa
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