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Archive for May, 2013

Call for 70 per cent tax increase

May 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

Forty MPs have urged the government of Bangladesh to increase by 70 per cent the taxes on bidis, cigarettes and jarda (smokeless tobacco), according to a story in The Financial Express. The MPs, who wanted to see the increase included in the 2013-14 Budget, were trying to thwart the efforts of about 170 MPs who […]

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Smartphone app comes to aid of farmers

May 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

The French National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) has developed several plant protection applications for smartphones and tablets to help farmers identify and localize diseases on plants in the field. In order to reduce the use of pesticides on crops, the early and reliable identification of a disease and the detection of emergent pests have […]

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Farmers win crop insurance battle

May 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Tobacco farmers notched a victory Thursday when the U.S. Senate fended off efforts to eliminate the federal insurance program for their embattled crop. Tobacco farmer organizations had vigorously objected to the proposal, saying elimination of the program would effectively spell the end of U.S. tobacco production. Tobacco Associates of Raleigh, North Carolina, said discontinuation of […]

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ITM buys IMAtec

May 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

The ITM Group has acquired IMAtec of Luxembourg, a supplier of packing equipment for other tobacco products  (OTP). IMATec’s portfolio includes cigarette paper booklet machines, pouchmakers, clear-wrap kits, shrink kits and end-of-line packaging equipment. Combining the companies’ teams will allow ITM to offer complete packing solutions from concept to machine acceptance. In addition, it will […]

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Development planned for Kyrgyz tobacco

May 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Kyrgyzstan is looking to attract foreign investment in its tobacco production industry, according to a story in The Times of Central Asia quoting Kyrgyz Agriculture Ministry figures. The country produced 7,400 tons of mainly Dubek semi-oriental tobacco last year, but the crop’s value, at 631 million soms, was down from 1.083 billion soms the previous […]

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Irish PM criticised over tobacco meeting

May 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, has been criticised for holding a meeting with representatives of the tobacco industry, according to a story in The Journal.ie. The meeting, which was said also to have involved two senior ministers, Alan Shatter and Michael Noonan, was held a fortnight ago but has only recently come to public […]

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Forest takes to tobacco road in Ireland

May 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

The spokesman for Forest Éireann has said he is undertaking a tour of Ireland in response to “increasingly restrictive measures on smoking and tobacco, including campaigns to ‘de-normalise’ the habit”. On the Limerick leg of his tour, John Mallon urged smokers to stand up to “Prohibition extremism in a free society”. According to a story […]

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Thai warnings to swell to 85 per cent

May 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Thailand’s deputy public health minister, Dr. Chonlanan Srikeaw, has announced that a new anti-smoking law will require cigarette packs to carry bigger health warnings, according to a story in the Pattaya Mail. A new law, which will be implemented on October 2, will stipulate that cigarette warning labels must cover 85 per cent of packs. […]

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New product tracking system on show

May 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Imperial Tobacco recently joined with the other major tobacco manufacturers at two global customs events to showcase technology for tackling the illicit trade. Representatives from Imperial attended the World Customs Organization events in Dubai and Istanbul as members of the cross-industry Digital Coding and Tracking Association (DCTA), which was officially launched this week. Imperial said […]

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Twin RFID events scheduled for London

May 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

RFID Journal said yesterday that it will feature a ‘co-located’ event at its 10th European show, RFID Journal LIVE! Europe (www.rfidjournalevents.com/europe). The co-located event, RFID in Europe (www.rfidineurope.eu), is designed to promote the adoption of radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, and to connect European end users and system providers. Both events will be held on […]

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