Zimbabwe is faced with a looming crisis as tobacco farmers consider abandoning the second biggest foreign currency earner after mining as they continue to sink in debts.

In an interview, Tobacco Research Board member Dr Daliah Garwe said production has decreased because there is no adequate water and not enough capacity to irrigate due to lack of electricity.

She added that since the demand for tobacco is going down, farmers should be looking for alternatives like cash crops.

To worsen the farmers woes, there has been an increase in the number of international organizations campaigning against smoking.

Meaning in the near future, local farmers have to think twice before investing in the golden leaf.