The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has distributed inputs to over 2000 tobacco farmers. The inputs are part of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe input scheme which was increased to $70 million from $28 million last year.
TIMB spokesperson, Isheunesu Moyo told NewsDay,
We have started rolling out the process and distribution is taking place in the four major tobacco farming provinces which are Mashonaland East, Central and West and Manicaland.
At least an area covering 2 000 hectares and 800 farmers have received inputs and we are using the funds from the RBZ (Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe), which was increased from $28 million last season to provide inputs to farmers, who are not contracted.