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Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) CEO, Dr Andrew Matibiri, says 7,5 million kilogrammes of tobacco have been sold so far since the opening of the tobacco auction floors.


Speaking to ZBC News, Dr Matibiri said the average price is US$2,63 cents on the floor while contract tobacco averages US$3,15 cents.


However, Dr Matibiri said despite these positive attributes, a number of problems have cropped up, citing instances were some farmers bring tobacco to the floors without booking.


He said there is also a higher rejection of tobacco due to several reasons such as mixed hands, mouldy tobacco and dry tobacco, leading to the emergence of new tobacco graders who are taking the rejected tobacco and charging  farmers  25 to 35 cents per kilogramme.


Dr Matibiri however said any corruption will be dealt with.


He said the board has employed more manpower to deal with the problems that have cropped up at the auction floors.