Is Zimbabwe’s tobacco farming success story overhyped?

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While Zimbabwe is expected to have a bumper tobacco harvest, the farmers and the country will probably gain little from it.
While Zimbabwe is expected to have a bumper tobacco harvest, the farmers and the country will probably gain little from it.
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Zimbabwe's 2021 tobacco selling season started in earnest on Wednesday with the first bale being sold for US$4.30 per kilogramme, higher than the opening price of US$4 in 2020.

With such an improved opening price, expectations are that the southern African country will have both higher average prices and increased output.

According to estimates from the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board, this year's tobacco sales were expected to reach 200 million kilogrammes from 184 million last year, when output fell due to drought.

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