The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board TIMB has endorsed the suspension of Class B buyers of tobacco for this season as the authorities try to bring sanity to the industry.
TIMB Chief Executive, Dr Andrew Matibiri said the decision to suspend the dealers remains in effect as part of efforts to curb corruption and protect the farmers from unscrupulous dealings that rocked the industry last year.
Tobacco Association of Zimbabwe Secretary General, Stanley Kasukuwere said the decision to suspend Class B buyers is welcome as dealers prejudiced farmers of millions of dollars last year.
Class B buyers are dealers licensed by TIMB to buy tobacco rejected by merchants, with the intention to resell.
It has however been discovered that the dealers have instead connived with the merchants to reject quality tobacco which they would repackage and resell under a partnerhsip deal that would see them sharing the profits.