Tobacco farmers have been urged to form associations and clubs for the destruction of tobacco stalks as most farmers have not been complying.

Two weeks after the deadline to destroy tobacco stalks, some farmers are yet to comply which has become a cause for concern to the authorities.

Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Chief Plant Health Inspector, Mrs Monica Mabika and Head Plant Protection Mr Shingirai Nyamatukwa who attended a tobacco stalks destruction field day at Dzivanyika farm in Wedza said formation of clubs and associations at local level is one of the best ways to ensure farmers comply with the requirements.

In a related development, Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde David Musabayana told farmers from Wedza North at a tobacco destruction awareness meeting at Wedza Country Club that farmers should comply with the legal requirement to destroy tobacco stalks by the deadline.

According to the plant pests and diseases tobacco regulations statutory instrument 71 of 1979, tobacco stalks must be destroyed before the 15th of May every year.

The act ensures that a tobacco free period is created between the 15th of May and the 1st of June every year to break life cycles of pests and diseases.