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Zimbabwe: Tobacco Farming – Land Reform Success Story

The revolutionary socio-economic transformation that is occurring in tobacco growing communities points to one of the outstanding success stories of the land reform.Until 2000 tobacco farming was dominated by a few white large scale commercial farmers who accounted for the bulk of the production.

According to Food and Agricultural Organisation, there were only 2 000 commercial tobacco growers prior to the land reform programme who accounted for 87 percent of the planted hectarage.

They also accounted for about 95 percent of the total output, equal to between 190 million kilogrammes and 230 million kilogrammes of flue-cured tobacco annually.

Such state of affairs meant wealth generated from tobacco production only found its way into the hands of few large scale farmers.

The sector has, however, evolved since 2000 with close to 90 000 mostly indigenous farmers now dominating tobacco growing.

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