Archive for May, 2013

EU tobacco directive opposition mounts

EU tobacco directive opposition mounts

| May 28, 2013

Bulgaria has formally backed Greece in its opposition to some of the revisions proposed by the EU Commission at the end of last year to the Tobacco Products Directive, according to a Bulgarian News Agency story quoting a press note issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Both countries produce leaf tobacco – mainly […]

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EU tobacco directive proposals fall short of regulatory best practice

EU tobacco directive proposals fall short of regulatory best practice

| May 28, 2013

The Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) undertaken by the European Commission on its proposed revisions to the 2001 Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is not sufficiently robust when reviewed from the perspective of regulatory best practice, including the Commission’s own guidelines for RIA’s, according to Oxera, an economics consultancy, in a report commissioned by Japan Tobacco International […]

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Call for 70 per cent tax increase

Call for 70 per cent tax increase

| May 28, 2013

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

Smartphone app comes to aid of farmers

| May 28, 2013

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

Farmers win crop insurance battle

| May 24, 2013

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

ITM buys IMAtec

| May 24, 2013

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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