Zimbabwe’s tobacco booms, but Black growers complain of debt

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s tobacco is flourishing again. And so are the auctions where premium prices are being paid for the “golden leaf” that is exported around the world. Most of the growers are Black, a historic change from when tobacco was largely produced by white farmers. But many of the small-scale farmers complain they are being impoverished by middlemen merchants who are luring them into a debt trap.

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