Tobacco growers are set to benefit from the launch of energy saving rocket barns which uses less firewood, while reducing the number of days in tobacco curing.
Tobacco Research Board at Kutsaga Research Station in the outskirts of Harare has introduced energy saving barns that will curb deforestation as they use less firewood.
The rocket barns will also reduce time taken in tobacco curing.
Speaking after commissioning the barns, the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made welcomed the initiative taken by the research board as it will go a long way in preserving the environment.
Explaining the uniqueness of the barns, Divisional Coordinator of field services at Kutsaga, Mr. Ezekia Svotwa said the barns reduce the days of curing tobacco from 7 to 9 days to between 5 to 6 days while efficiency has increased.
Meanwhile, the board is set to release new varieties of tobacco that are disease resistant and take a bit of time to ripe, hence resulting in higher yields.