The Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) has pleaded with farmers in the country to grow tobacco that is in line with the required quantity next season in order to avoid a high rejection rate at the auction floors.
TCC Chief Executive Officer, David Luka said the country last year produced about 124 Million kilograms of tobacco against the required demand of 154 Million kilograms.
“This year’s tobacco marketing season opened with 10 percent rejection rate compared to last year’s 37% attributed to overproduction,” he said.
“This indicates that things are moving quiet smoothly in the tobacco industry.”
Luka said new methods have also been implemented to ensure the success of the next year’s tobacco marketing season.
He said good farming practices can help farmers to fetch good prices on the market and also meet the demand.