In Mashonaland Central province, the contract selling of tobacco started on a good note, with the high grade of the golden leaf fetching US$6.20.
However, the opening was characterised by mixed fortunes for farmers.
“My stock was bought very well and one of my bales was bought at US$6.20 per kilogramme. The business proceedings will afford us to go back to the field with energy we are quite happy. The contractor is yet to communicate to us how we are going to be paid,” they said.
For contractors, the quality of the golden leaf this season is impressive.
“I think is goes back to a good season characterised by good rains and we are very much impressed by the quality,” they said.
The first day in Mvurwi attracted farmers from across eight districts of Mashonaland Central province
In Mashonaland West province, the golden leaf fetched a price of US$5.20 per kilogramme at the opening of contract sales floors in Karoi this Thursday.
Six of the authorised contractors offered prices above five United States dollars for the golden leaf, which was eventually taken at five United States dollars twenty cents per kilogramme.
The only dark spot to an otherwise eventful first day of tobacco contract sales were delays in serving farmers
“There is need for clarity to farmers otherwise we will gather here and expose ourselves to COVID-19,” they said.
The floors closed business at one pm as per tradition.