Tobacco farmers have been urged to ensure they use certified tobacco seed to promote the quality of the golden leaf on the local and international market.
As the planting of the tobacco seedbed for the 2011- 2012 cropping season commences, farmers have been urged to purchase their seed from reputable and registered seed selling points.
Farmers Development Trust, Chief Executive Officer Mr Lovegot Tendengu warned farmers to desist from purchasing seed from unscrupulous traders as this will compromise crop yield and quality.
â€œFarmers will end up purchasing seed twice as there is a high possibility that the uncertified seed will have problems in germination, it will not yield to best variety,â€ said Mr.Tendengu.
Mr Tendengu also advised the small scale farmers to take advantage of various advisory centres that have been set up in the countryâ€™s four tobacco growing regions.
â€œIf farmers have problems or need advise they should go to the advisory centres that have been set up in all the regions,â€ he added.
This yearâ€™s tobacco selling season was characterised by a lot of complains from farmers who accused buyers of swindling them after their tobacco was rejected or fetched lower prices owing to poor quality.