Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Tobacco production slumps in Zim

A top agriculture official in Zimbabwe said on Monday that the output of the country`s main export, tobacco, will drop by 30 percent this year to 50 million kg owing to production difficulties farmers have faced during the growing season....

Tobacco production in Zimbabwe, dominated by white farmers, has dropped from a peak of over 250 million kg five years ago after the government drove off whites from the farms to pave way for the resettlement of landless black peasants.

As a result, the country has suffered chronic shortages of foreign currency, the bulk of which was earned from tobacco sales...

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