Tobacco Floor


Not quite the NY stock exchange but certainly fast paced. Get among the action on the floors where farmers on one side sell bales of tobacco to brokers on the other. Tobacco used to be one of Zimbabwe’s major foreign-exchange earners and the country produced the best leaf in the world. Auctions only take place from around February to July.

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