Zimbabwe Tobacco Association (ZTA) was formed in 1928; among its objectives it promotes and supports research and training to ensure the continued development and expansion of the flue cured tobacco growing industry. It was responsible for the establishment of the Tobacco Research Board (TRB), along with farmer training organizations such as Blackfordby Agricultural Institute (BAI). Our membership consists of both large scale commercial and small scale tobacco growers. Our members produce on average 30 percent of
the national flue cured tobacco crop.
To promote and foster the development of the flue-cured tobacco industry in Zimbabwe in a representative and fully inclusive manner, for the benefit of the tobacco growers and the nation.
The organization, one of the representatives of flue-cured tobacco growers in Zimbabwe, dedicated to their assistance in every facet of production, research and sale, committed to the expansion and development of its grower base, recognized as an asset to the people and the Government of Zimbabwe, ensuring Zimbabwe maintains and improves its position among the top tobacco growing nations of the world.
To promote and develop the flue-cured tobacco industry in Zimbabwe and advance and protect the interests of all sections and classes of producers in any way that may seem desirable to the Association and without in any way restricting or limiting the general object.
- Market Forecasting & Presentations
- International Markets and Data Analysis
- International Tobacco Growers Association
- Crop Planning & Production Costs
- Contract Growing Linking
- Advice on Input Procurement & Financing
- Labour Negotiations
Small Scale Development
- Extension Services
- Field Days
- Contract Growing Linking
- Social Responsibility Programme
Public Affairs & PR
- Grower Networking
- Council & Congress
- Magazine & Newsletter
- Government and Local Authority Engagement
What We do
• Represent grower concerns and views on all tobacco related issues.
• Provide tobacco marketing information on local and international markets.
• Costs of production and cashflow analysis.
• Linkages with contract growing companies.
• Represent grower concerns and views at various tobacco related forums.
• Holds consultations with tobacco input suppliers and financial institutions.
• Enter into dialogue with local authorities e.g. ZETDC, ZINWA, NSSA etc.
• Facilitates in coal procurement and logistics.
• Labour wage negotiations through the National Employment Council for Agriculture
• Linkages with tobacco training and research institutes like BAI and TRB.
• Small Scale development, extension and field days.
• Promotes Good Agricultural Practises (GAP).
• Quarterly Magazine – Zimbabwe Tobacco Today.
• Email and SMS Alerts and "Dear Growers" letters on current issues.
• Interactive website for members.
• Founding member of the International Tobacco Growers Association (I.T.G.A.).
• Tobacco growing districts representation though the Association's Councillors.
• Hold monthly Councillors' Meetings.
• Tobacco growing district Discussion Groups.
• Offer legal representation on tobacco related issues.
• Valued Industry stakeholder at TIMB, TRB and national level.