Farmers are yet to start registering for the 2017/2018 growing season due to a technical fault in the registration system of the Tobacco Control Commission (TCC).
TCC Acting Chief Executive Director David Luka confirmed the development.
Initially, TCC announced that the registration exercise would start on June 19.
One of the farmers Benamu Kanyenje expressed dissatisfaction at the development. Kanyenje said most farmers had already spent their resources to travel for the registration exercise only to be told of the postponement.
Luka has however indicated that TCC expects to start the exercise this week.
“Although this ought to be a new growing season, the new grower registration system had not yet closed the season for last growing season. It is not ideal to overlap growing seasons. We have since solved the problem and we shall make announcements as per opening day soon but likely it should be on Tuesday next week,” he said.
The commission has said it has already received the trade requirements for the 2017/2018 season.
According to TCC, farmers are supposed to produce 135 million kilogrammes of barley, 27 million kilogrammes flue-cured and eight million of NDDF.
According to Luka, all things being equal, the current market season is expected to end in four months’ time.