Tobacco regulators, the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has extended the tobacco market season up to November.
TCC planning and research manager Hennings Wasoni said the market was supposed to close in September but there are lots of tobacco which is yet to be bought because there was overproduction of the leaf.
“We produced 165 million kilograms of tobacco instead of 133 million kilograms,” said the TCC official.
He said the law does not allow to sell tobacco in the next season when it was grown in the previous season.
However some farmers say the extenson of the market season will negatively affect the growing season.
Farmers say this marketing season has been marred by low prices and high rejection rate of tobacco.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :