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The Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development says it will stick to the gazetted regulations for destructions of tobacco stalks until research is done to establish if the current climate changes warrant shifting of the dates.

With Zimbabwe experiencing seasonal changes as a result of climate change Mr Nhamo Mudada from the Plant Quarantine Services told the ZBC News at a tobacco stalks destruction awareness programme at Mayor farm in Chikomba that farmers should stick to the gazetted dates until such a time when research is done to establish if there is significant climate change to warrant shifting of dates.

Mr Emanuel Chikwari from the Chemistry and Soil Research Institute said destruction of tobacco stalks is important in the management of pests and diseases in crops.

Chikomba Acting District Administrator, Mr Billiart Tasarira noted there is need for more awareness programmes on destruction of tobacco stalks.

According to current regulations tobacco stalks should be destroyed by the 15th of May.

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