Such a situation has been blamed on inconsistent buyers who deliberately withdraw midway in the marketing period to create a price fall only to come back later and buy the crop at a lower price.
TIMB CEO, Dr Andrew Matibiri has sent a stern warning to such merchants whom he said are shortchanging farmers of their hard-earned money.
He said the TIMB is this year prepared to deal with such unscrupulous buyers.
This season over 60 000 farmers are expected to deliver their tobacco to the auctioning floors.
The TIMB has licensed an additional buyer this year to increase the number to 13, while the number of auction floors has been increased from 3 to 4.