The Tobacco Commission (TC) wishes to inform all tobacco growers, grower associations, tobacco buying companies and all
industry stakeholders that registration and licensing of growers will commence at all TC offices as follows:
- Starting date: 1st July, 2020
- Closing date: 30th September, 2020.
The Commission is advising stakeholders that it shall licence and allocate production quota for tobacco in line with the 2020/21 trade requirements.
The Commission is further advising all clubs that minimum number of growers per club i s four (4) and maximum i s fifteen (15).
Clubs that were registered in 2019/20 season but did not meet the minimum and maximum number of members indicated above are requested to bring all the remaining members (to be accompanied by one official who was issued with TC Farmer Management System (FMS) card known as TGR.
For clubs, only one executive member from a registered club will be allowed to come and pay for licensed quota on behalf of the other members.
All growers who have not been captured through the new registration system (FMS) but would like to grow and sell tobacco in 2020/21 season are required to bring any two of the following documents for identification:
- TC bio card or,
- TC paper license.
- AHL identify card,
- And an official letter from their respective EPA.
All growers intending to grow tobacco under contract with buying companies of their choice are requested and encouraged to agree on the contracted volume with the buying company before registering and licensing with the Commission. The Contract phase will end on 31st July, 2020.
The Commission will also undertake field registration and licensing from 1st August 2020 and details will be provided in due course.The Tobacco Commission reserves the right to uplift any quota.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission wishes to advise all players to comply with the industry agreed measures against the spread of the pandemic including observing social distance and washing hands with soap regularly.