DescriptionTianze, a subsidiary of China Tobacco International, started tobacco contract farming in Zimbabwe in 2005 with the sole purpose of helping revive the country's tobacco output. Tianze has managed to do this through provision of free interest loans, subsidized inputs and quality technical support, among other assistance. Apart from contract farming, Tianze is involved in auction floor purchasing, processing, warehousing and exporting of tobacco to China. It also sources tobacco from other tobacco merchants in Zimbabwe and export it to China. Every year, it buys and exports more than 50 percent of Zimbabwe's tobacco to China. The country is expecting slightly over 200 million kg of tobacco leaf in 2017 from 183 million kg worth 537 million dollars last year.