By Josephine Nugiyo
WOMEN in the farming sector excelled at the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board competition where farmers were exhibiting their 2021 samples at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show.
With the country exceeding the 2021 tobacco target of 200 million kilogrammes, women proved to be a force to reckon with as they were awarded prizes for producing top quality tobacco in the last cropping season.
The first and second position at the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) awards was clinched by women.
TIMB board chairman Patrick Devenish who addressed tobacco farmers during the awards ceremony emphasised the need for the farmers to strive to produce quality tobacco.
“I encourage the farmers to produce better quality and yields by implementing proper farming techniques.”
The government has availed a 60 million United States dollar tobacco fund, with Mr Devenish calling on farmers to make use of the facility.
Zimbabwe remains the largest producer of flue-cured tobacco in Africa.
The industry remains one of the major contributors to the country’s gross domestic product, accounting for around 50% of exports in agriculture produce.