Farmers have urged tobacco auction floors and contract buyers to come up with a fair price matrix which will ensure a smooth opening of the 2017 tobacco marketing season set for the 15th of March.

The call comes ahead of the opening of auction floors mid next month.

The Progressive Tobacco Farmers Association of Zimbabwe president, Mr Mutandwa Mutasa said most farmers who have grown irrigated tobacco are geared to deliver their crop for sale when the auction floors open on the 15th of March.

“The bulk of farmers have gained experience over the years on how to produce a quality crop and expectations are high that a fair price matrix will be put in place to reward farmers for their sweat,” noted Mr Mutasa.

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) announced that auction floors will open doors on the 15th of March in a move which is expected to rake in millions of dollars and ease liquidity challenges in the country.