Zimbabwe Tobacco Association

Representing Zimbabwean Growers of flue-cured tobacco since 1928

A spotlight on issues critical to tobacco production with the Kutsaga Research Board circus meetings

May 5, 2024

A spotlight on issues critical to tobacco production with the Kutsaga Research Board circus meetingsThe Kutsaga Tobacco Research Board is hosting a series of meetings on subjects critical to the continued innovation and sustainable practices in the tobacco industry. Here’s a snapshot of what attendees can look forward to: Unveiling Current Research: An Overview by…

Kutsaga Executive Appointment

April 5, 2024

The Chairman and Board of Directors of the Tobacco Research Board (trading as Kutsaga) are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs. Rhoda Mavuka as the inaugural Executive Director of the Productionand Operations sector. This appointment is with effect from 02 April 2024. Mrs. Rhoda Mavuka is an experienced tobacco scientist who has worked at…

ITGA 2024 Americas Regional Meeting

March 27, 2024

ITGA 2024 Americas Regional Meeting discusses COP10 conclusions with a focus on Brazil Tobacco growers’ associations from Argentina, Brazil and the United States took part in the meeting hosted by Afubra, with a high level of participation from different entities in the tobacco supply chain

Tobacc sales kick off amidst concern for prices and grower viability

March 14, 2024

The 2024 marketing season has started after a difficult growing season. On Wednesday, 13 March, the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Hon. Gen. (rtd) Dr CGDN Chiwenga officiated at the event that marks the opening of the annual selling season. The first bale went for USD 4.92/kg but this ticket was reportedly “torn” with the seller…

ITGA Conclusions of WHO FCTC COP10

February 19, 2024

Lack of transparency, intimidation and pressure marked the WHO FCTC COP10 The tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was an inflection point for many issues that the International Tobacco Growers’ Association (ITGA) has been voicing serious concerns for quite some…

Kutsaga Tobacco Field Discussion Day

January 18, 2024

Kutsaga extends an invitation to all tobacco growers to attend an enlightening and informative field discussion day at the Kutsaga Research Station. This event aims to bring together experts, scientists, and tobacco farmers to share insights, knowledge, and advancements in tobacco cultivation techniques.

ZTA members receive gum tree seedlings from Forestry Commission

January 18, 2024

In a significant move towards boosting sustainable agriculture and eco-friendly tobacco curing practices, the Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe (FCZ) in the Madziwa area, Mashonaland Central, recently handed over 10,000 gum tree seedlings to local ZTA tobacco farmer members. This initiative is a part of a broader ongoing effort to promote environmentally responsible tobacco curing methods…

Climate-smart practices to mitigate tobacco yield losses in a drought year

November 30, 2023

By Dr S. Dimbi and Dr F. Magama The current weather forecasts indicate a transition into an El Niño state in the second half of 2023 and Zimbabwe is among the countries at risk of dry conditions. Considering the significant impact that water stress has on agricultural production, this article is aimed at highlighting cultural…

Agronomy Notes – Achieving Yield 2015-16 season

October 27, 2023

The past season has been particularly difficult for most growers. Prices were static and yields static or down. This means therefore, that most people will be starting next season “on the back foot”. Often growers look for the “magical bullet” to improve their situation. This might be a new variety, fertilizer, a chemical, perhaps a…

False Fire Worm Alert

September 8, 2023

 Pest Biology   The Kutsaga Plant Clinic has received a growing number of false wire worm cases in the past week. Wireworms are the larval stage of several species of “click” beetles. There are two sub-categories of wireworms; True wireworms which belong to the family Elateridae and False wireworms belonging to the family Tenebrionidae (Fig 1…

Formed in 1928, the Zimbabwe Tobacco Association (ZTA) has represented tobacco producers for nearly a century. It aims to promote and sustainably develop our flue-cured tobacco industry, whilst advancing and protecting the interests of all sections and classes of producers.

Not only does the ZTA represent grower concerns and views on all tobacco-related issues locally; but it is also a founding member of the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA).

All of the country’s tobacco-growing districts have representation through the association’s regular Councillors’ Meetings.