Tobacco Growers Cooperative Union 1995 Limited (CETCU)in the central zone expects to increase crop production to 1,800 kg per ha after more areas for cultivation have been added to the producers.
Speaking at the launch of a tobacco market at Mitundu village, CETCU chairperson Yasin Dagaki said the union plans to increase production along with reducing the use of firewood when drying tobacco.
“We expect to increase production from the current 1,500kg to 1,800kg per ha, and this would go along with our plan of using advanced technology in drying tobacco thus reducing the use of firewood from 222 cubic meters per 1,000kg to 90 cubic meters,” he said.
Dagaki explained that between the 2008/2009 and 2010/2011 seasons; CETCU operations saw 8,700 tons worth 20bn/- produced.
For her part, Manyoni District Commissioner Fatma Toufiq surprised by the drop in the number of farmers called on the cooperative union to study the situation and come up with remedies.
“According to Tanzania Tobacco Board statistics, the 2010/2011 season has seen the decreasing number of farmers engaged in the tobacco production.
It therefore recommended CETCU to carefully study the situation and come up with solution,” he said.