The 2019 tobacco marketing seasons is set open on 25th April 2019. According to the official announcement from Government, the President of United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, will preside over the official opening at Lilongwe Selling floors.

The 2019 market is expected to trade 205.5 million kg, up by 2.4 percent from 202 million kg traded in 2018. The opening has, however, delayed by two weeks as compared to 2018 opening due to prolonged rainy season that affected the curing of tobacco.

In his remarks, Chief Executive Officer for the tobacco industry regulator, Mr. Kayisi Sadala, expressed optimism of good season. He, therefore, appealed to tobacco farmers to look after their tobacco properly and comply with industry standards in order to attract competitive prices from the buying companies.