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Russia-Ukraine War Threatens Tobacco Production In Zimbabwe

Russia-Ukraine War Threatens Tobacco Production In Zimbabwe

The rising cost of fuel and fertiliser could negatively impact tobacco production next season which may result in reduced yields.

Supply chain disruptions caused by the Russia-Ukraine war are expected to push up the cost of tobacco production as the prices of inputs soar, farmers have warned.

Speaking in an interview with Business Times, the Zimbabwe Tobacco Association (ZTA) CEO Rodney Ambrose said:

With the Russia – Ukraine war, costs are estimated to increase even further and prices paid for tobacco this season has to also take this into account.

Ambrose noted that the recent increase in the price of fuel has resulted in the local cost of flue-cured tobacco production rising by 8.3%.

He warned that the increase in tobacco production costs may see growers turning to food and export crops.

Tobacco is Zimbabwe’s fourth-largest foreign currency earner.

The war in Eastern Europe may also result in countries dependent on food crops imports, offering higher incentives and prices on food crops. Said, Ambrose:

This may see a further drop in flue-cured production in 2023 as ably resourced growers consider reducing their tobacco hectarage in favour of the attractive food crops.

This could be an option for growers in Zimbabwe, Brazil, USA and Zambia.

Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) CEO Meanwell Gudu concurred that the Russia-Ukraine conflict will adversely affect tobacco production. He said:

Prices for inputs have definitely increased and this is affecting the viability of tobacco production.

The two warring countries are traditionally big suppliers of raw materials for fertilisers.

Ambrose forecasted the average prices to be closer to US$3/kg up from US$2.70/kg in 2021.

The 2022 tobacco marketing season starts on 30 March.

More: Business Times


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16 Comments

lyson 2 months ago

mapenzi aya zvatotanga


Mimvuri yenyu 2 months ago

the laws of optics have already settled it.you cannot mitigate your shadows.you cannot mitigate your identity .fools wake up


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moo 2 months ago

guys can l ask what the root causes of russia and ukraine war please help people of God.


Aleck 2 months ago

Not 100% sure but will try, so according to Russia they want to do denazification and also that Ukraine with the help of the US was building bio chemical weapons, and to Russia this is a security threat as Ukraine shares a border with Russia. Ukraine also wanted to join NATO which again would bring Russia's enemies to its door step and Russia has been warning NATO countries that any expansion to the east will leave them no choice but to start a war but nobody listened and they kept expanding to the east, but at Ukraine that's when Putin drew a line and said it will not happen as they share a border. so I don't know Ukraine seems to have been used as pawn by Western countries( NATO)in all this because they won't even let Ukraine join NATO now

Bress Pumura 2 months ago

Zvimbaz ka ****ooo kenyu nhaika

Zvimbazi 2 months ago

Mark 13:7 KJV
And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.

Goodnight
Zvimbazi

Tanu Mark Finnity 2 months ago

Let tobacco have losses I don't smoke so should all that smoke they must stop NOW


Bress Pumura 2 months ago

@tanu mark Dai mbuya vako vaka mamaaa vashaya mapiritsi ebp because anogadzirwa nefodya yaukuti iite lose

tanakastyle 2 months ago

ignorance has no defense not all the tobacco is processed into cigarettes, tobacco plays a pivotal role in medicine manufacturing

pumura 2 months ago

siyai kurima


C trial's 2 months ago

Inga hauna kukwana nhy vnhu vasiye kurima ⚡⚡⚡

Bress Pumura 2 months ago

Ukuda kufurira vanhu kuti vamameee ka zvauri dacall

4 2 months ago

mthuli and crew will take advantage of this to rip off from farmers the truth is tobacco is being sold on world market in USD which is hard cash when th government export th golden leaf it gets USD then become jealous to farmes

they pay farmers with local currency at 60percent imwe 40percent its cash so governmnt inoburner USD yopa mafarmers amana kuita ministrr unomboba zvako varume God buresi Pumura,God buresi farmers


Jojo Zvenyika Chenjera 2 months ago

Aaah kubhadhara chiyiii. Vanhu veZanu even vakakecha **** havabhadhare Mari hanzi ma sanctions


.. 2 months ago

Bhadharai varimi Mari inokwana not kuda ktanga kuda kuvhara apa



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