tobacco growers.jpgFarmers have expressing concern over the increase in fuel prices, which they say will drive them out of business as they rely on diesel powered generators for curing their tobacco crop and asked the government to intervene.

Zimbabwe Association of Tobacco Growers representative, Mr. Edson Makina expressed concern over the hike which comes at a time when farmers are being forced to pump out thousands of dollars to buy fuel due to erratic power supplies.

A manager at one farm in Seke District, Wellington Chatikobo   said  if the situation is not resolved urgently farmers will incur huge loses this season.

Tobacco is one of the biggest foreign currency earners in the country, and this season statistics project a jump from 123 million kilogrammes realized last season to about 170 million kilogrammess this season.