Zimbabwe is likely to produce 205 million kgs of tobacco this year, slightly more than 2016, with sales of its main export likely to improve dollar supplies in the cash-strapped economy. Tobacco earns more than gold and platinum. Zimbabwe is desperately short of dollars due to its moribund economy, although traditionally liquidity improves during the tobacco-selling season as cash is brought into the country. Tobacco buyers had borrowed $700 million offshore to purchase the crop from farmers. Much of the leaf is processed and exported to China, the largest investor in the Southern African country.