Agri-business

Tobacco board starts registration of marketers

TRYNESS MBALE, Lusaka
THE Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) says marketing of tobacco in the 2014/15 season will be restricted to registered growers to control and regulate the market.
The TBZ has since started the registration and renewals of growers which will run until January 21, 2015.
According to a statement availed to the Daily Mail on Wednesday, the decision is in accordance with the law on tobacco law which states that, “any grower or any person, organisation or association who is bona fide to grow or intends to grow tobacco ought to be registered with TBZ.”
TBZ says all persons planning to grow any particular class of tobacco for the 2014/15 farming season should register with the board as well as renew their registration and adhere to the stipulated deadline of submitting applications.
The registration will be done at TBZ head office in Lusaka as well as in Chipata, Choma, Kaoma, Kabwe and Mansa.
TBZ is the regulatory body for the “smokes” industry in Zambia established under Chapter 237 of the Laws of Zambia.
TBZ is mandated to control and regulate production, marketing including importing/¬export of tobacco and to facilitate tobacco research and development efforts in Zambia among other things.

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