Tobacco farmers have expressed concern over the scarcity of Hessien, special paper used to wrap up cured tobacco, a development they say is likely to affectÂ the delivery of the golden leaf to the auction floors.
The concern by tobacco farmers follow recent failure by local suppliers of the material to supply farmers.
Several small holder tobacco farmers who spoke to ZBC News say there is urgent need to deal with the unanticipated shortage which is threatening the delivery of the golden leaf to the auction floors.
To make matters worse some unscrupulous business people who have access to the special paper are said to be hoarding it for resale at high price to the detriment of the farmers.
Meanwhile one of the suppliers of the special paper recently released a news statementÂ Â which assured farmers of a return to normalcy before the 10th of May when a consignment of the material arrives in the country from Asia.
The tobacco industry has seen increased revenue following the growth in the number of small holder farmers as well as an increase in output.Â