In order to guarantee the quality and quantity of compliant Flue Cured Virginia (FCV) and to increase the group’s presence in the country, Premium Leaf Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd (PLZ) was incorporated September 2016 with a commitment of a substantial investment programme. This has included an equity interest in a leaf processing factory.
PLZ’s well developed industry relationships and the backbone of operations, being direct farmer contracting, with various grower groups has resulted in a smooth entry and the building of a principal position in the Zimbabwean tobacco industry.
PLZ has adopted the Integrated Production System (IPS) with farmers through a “Loan Input Scheme” providing seedbed packs, seeds (both tobacco and maize), fertilizers and approved chemicals. Alongside this are experienced agronomy teams in each of the 3 growing regions to monitor, train and manage all contracted farmers. This system gives the contracted farmers the ability to manage and produce good quality tobacco in line with land availability and barn capacity.
PLZ has implemented the Agronomy Technology Limited (ATL) to monitor, collect data and manage the contract growing base and ensure sustainable farming practices are adhered to.