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Burning issues around tobacco value addition

ZIMBABWE might be well on its way to reclaim its status as one of the top producers of tobacco in the world in the 2020/2021 cropping season. “Government is therefore, taking advantage of this quick-win by engaging relevant and potential investors for tobacco cigarettes manufacturing so as to enhance value benefits to the country,” said Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube in the 2021 Budget.

Tobacco harm reduction a viable solution

The report, “Burning Issues: Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2020”, claims that the death toll from smoking-related diseases can be markedly reduced by adopting alternative products [...] that present substantial harm reduction.

It is believed that tobacco harm reduction (THR) products provide a feasible solution for people who want to switch from smoking to alternative products that can satisfy their nicotine craving for less the risk.

For countries such as Zimbabwe, it could provide a lifeline for the tobacco sector while at the same time helping to markedly reduce the health risks associated with consumption.

Destroy tobacco stubs, growers urged

Tobacco farmers who leave stubs in their fields after harvesting risk possible arrest and a lengthy jail term for their negligence.

Speaking to farmers at Binge Secondary School in Mhangura during The Doma Zonal Agricultural Show, Zimbabwe Progressive Tobacco Farmers Association national president Mr Mutandwa Mutasa said farmers were supposed to completely destroy tobacco stubs in their fields.