Hailstorms destroy tobbaco crop worth $600 000 in Mutasa district

Hailstorms destroy tobbaco crop worth $600 000 in Mutasa district

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By Staff Reporter

Tobacco farmers in Manicaland have suffered huge loses after hailstorms destroyed  more than 30 hectares of the crop worth $600 000 in Mutasa district

Agritex tobacco specialist Mr Douglas Nzarayebani told Diamond FM that some farmers have recorded a 100 percent loss on their irrigated tobacco.

Farmers who lost their crop include Peter Dobropoulos who has written off 20 hectares worth $400 000, while retired General Mike Nyambuya also lost about 10 hectares.

Mr Nzarayebani said the department is yet to visit other farms to assess the damage.

Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) spokesperson, Mr Isheunesu Moyo has urged all tobacco farmers to insure their crops to avoid such loses.

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