Ethical Holdings Tobacco chief executive officer, David Machingaidze THE 2017 tobacco marketing season is expected to close on August 11 after 103 days. The government’s output forecast for the current season was 215 million kilogrammes (kgs). However, indications are that the crop may range between 185 million kgs and 190 million kgs, earning the country about $550 million. The Financial Gazette’s Online Editor, Paul Nyakazeya, this week spoke to Ethical Holdings Tobacco chief executive officer, David Machingaidze (DM), about the season and prospects for 2018. PN: From your observations, what are the output projections for the 2016/2017 season? DM: The 2016/2017 could close at 185 million kg, since we are currently trending at 182 million kilogrammes,…