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Pricing gimmicks rob tobacco farmers of 5bn/=

16th March 2012

Tobacco farmers in Kahama District, Shinyanga Region have incurred a loss amounting to 5.3bn/- in the last harvesting season due to low price offered by the purchasing companies.

This was said here by the District Cooperatives Officer, Deogratius Rugangila, when speaking at a meeting convened by farmers of Mweli and Itaganya villages to discuss the development of the crop.

The meeting was also attended by Kahama lawmaker James Lembeli.

He said apart from that farmers at Bulungwa ward also experienced similar loss where they sold their crops at less than the set price.

He said the farmers were also forced to pay 350,000/- for every bale of tobacco that failed to meet the required standards.

As a result some farmers sold the crop to middlemen at lower prices compared to that offered by private buyers.

He urged farmers to be careful when they sell their crops to buying companies, saying some of them are unscrupulous and may use any loophole to ensure they do not get high prices.

Rugangila said that the second payment for the farmers who owe the private buyers would be settled soon.

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