Tobacco farmers have so far accessed inputs which cover over 10 000 hectares as the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) intensifies distribution in various parts of the country.

Statistics released by the TIMB show inputs which can plant over 10 000  hectares have been disbursed under the second phase of the TIMB scheme which targets to empower small scale farmers to grow the golden leaf.

“We have so disbursed inputs for 10 000 hectares, which is double the figure distributed last year. Last year we provided inputs for 5000 hectares but this time around we are targeting 40 000 hectares,” said Isheunesu Moyo, the TIMB spokesperson.

Farmers who are not contracted by other companies can register and access the inputs at TIMB offices dotted countrywide.

“We call all farmers who wish to join the programme to visit our nearest offices and get registered,” he added.

 About 249 million kilogrammes of tobacco have so far gone under the hammer at auction floors raking in over US$727 million in foreign currency.