Tobacco growers have earned a collective US$319 million from the sale of 133 million kilogrammes of flue-cured tobacco since the marketing season started at the end of April.

The bulk of the crop sold so far has come from the communal and A1 sectors.

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board statistics show that during the same period last year farmers had sold 146 million kilogrammes valued at US$268,1 million.