Zimbabwe Tobacco Leaf Sales Raise
According to the data provides by the industry regulator, since the tobacco selling season in April, Zimbabwe sold 135.42 million kilograms of tobacco leaf and earned $326 million.
The sale of tobacco leaf shows an increasing trend in Zimbabwe. The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board compared the leaf sales on July 12 and the same period last year. They found that the 2020 sale increased 18.36%, and earned $275.69 million in 2019. The average price of crop sold $2.41 per kilogram last year and now raised at $1.84.
South African Tobacco Ban Back in Court
Recently, the North Gauteng High Court heard an appeal by the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA), which aimed to against the ban on tobacco products.
The court previously argued that the ban on tobacco sales was irrational. Thus, the court dismissed the case of the cigarette ban issued by FITA. The government argued that smoking might increase coronavirus infection risk and possibly cause an increase in potential death. However, the FITA claimed the problem of coronavirus is not mainly caused by tobacco smoking.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, appeal proceedings started from Wednesday morning via Zoom. Arnold Subel, as the legal representative of FITA, demonstrated that the ban of cigarettes is based on “low-quality evidence,” which will not lead to a further considerable effect on the smoking and tobacco industry in South Africa.
Moreover, FITA hopes the court will rule in its favor.
According to Sinenhlanhla Mnguni, FITA chairperson said,
“The judgment will be delivered by the course of next week, and we are hoping to have the judgment by next Friday.”
“At this point in time, it’s a question of waiting a week or so.”
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