The country’s tobacco industry is set for a major transformation through innovative use of solar drying barns secured from Chinese investors.

For many years there have been concerns that forests were depleting as tobacco farmers cut down trees to dry their crop.

The answer to this has been to find innovative ways of protecting this natural resource while improving the quality of the tobacco.

The Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese investors for tobacco solar barns which are expected to be operational before the next cutting season.

Tobacco farmers are expected to register significant reduction on production costs by moving towards smart climate strategies of doing business.

The first consignment is already on its way to the country and expected to arrive by November.