On 10th January 2017,the Ministry Launched the 2017 Tobacco season.During the Launch the Permanent secretary MTIC Ambassador Julius Onen handed over certificates to the companies that had been licensed to sponsor growers to produce and market Tobacco in the 2017 season.

The Licensed companies are

1.Alliance One Tobacco
2. Leaf Tobacco& Commodities U Ltd
3.Uganda Tobacco Services Ltd
4.Nimatabac U
5.Global Leaf Holdings U Ltd
6. Continental Tobacco U Ltd
Affiliated Institutions