Tobacco farmers have been warned by experts from the Tobacco Research Board not to use pesticides in attempting to cure the Potato Virus Y (PVY) disease because it is incurable.

The disease is attributed to non-compliance to legislation on proper tobacco farming practices by indiscipline farmers.

In the aftermath of the disease outbreak, TRB General Manager, Dr Dahlia Garwe warned farmers not to use pesticides in attempting to fight the PVY disease as this will result in excess amount of pesticide residue which will ultimately damage the quality of the crop.

“Strict adherence to tobacco farming legislation is thus the only way the industry can guarantee limited loss of foreign currency generated by the sale of the golden leaf,” said Dr Garwe.