Statistics from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) for the past 44 days of marketing shows 138 million kgs of flue cured tobacco have been sold against the sales expectation of 200 million kgs for 2018 tobacco selling season with farmers earning more than US$400 million.

The seasonal average prices for 2018 show a 2 percent variance of $2.90/kg from the $2.84/kg same time last year.

Players in the industry have acknowledged the latest records as they are expecting more at day 90.

Farmers at Premier Tobacco auction floors which according to TIMB data have performed very well welcomed the prices being paid for the flue cured tobacco which they say is encouraging.

Zimbabwe is the largest tobacco producer in Africa and third exporter in the world.

In the country, tobacco is among the top three foreign currency earners.