Category: Leaf

Flue-cured market opens

Flue-cured market opens

| March 21, 2018

As Zimbabwe’s tobacco auctions open this week, growers are said to be upbeat, but the reality is that prices have hardly increased during the past 20 years – though they have fluctuated.

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Cultivation ban opposed

Cultivation ban opposed

| March 19, 2018

No individual government can stop people from smoking by banning the growing of tobacco. A government can stop people from smoking only by banning smoking.

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Tobacco abandoned

Tobacco abandoned

| March 14, 2018

According to tobacco-control activists, farmers in one region of Tanzania are turning to other crops that, for the time being at least, are proving to be more rewarding.

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Declarations made

Declarations made

| March 13, 2018

An international anti-tobacco group is asking governments to develop plans by 2021 for phasing out the sale of tobacco products, a request that seems, in the light of what the tobacco industry is doing, to lack ambition.

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Upbeat in Andhra Pradesh

Upbeat in Andhra Pradesh

| March 13, 2018

Growers in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh were said to have been optimistic as flue-cured tobacco auctions started on March 8.

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Eating the golden goose

Eating the golden goose

| March 12, 2018

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured-tobacco growers harvest a raw deal given that they help underpin the country’s economy and some of the huge profits made by tobacco manufacturers.

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Rangpur plantings down

Rangpur plantings down

| March 12, 2018

A drop in tobacco plantings in the Rangpur district of Bangladesh is being put down to an awakening by farmers to the health implications of what they were doing.

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Illegal tobacco growing

Illegal tobacco growing

| March 7, 2018

Although it is illegal to grow tobacco in Australia now, the country has a history of tobacco production and some widely dispersed areas where it is known that this crop will grow.

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Sales season scheduled

Sales season scheduled

| March 6, 2018

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured-tobacco sales season is due to start later this month – a season that plays an important role in the country’s economic cycle.

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Time to move on

Time to move on

| March 5, 2018

There could be a competitive advantage in Malawi being one of the first big leaf tobacco producers to switch to other, internationally-traded crops.

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Prices ‘reasonably good’

Prices ‘reasonably good’

| March 2, 2018

As flue-cured tobacco auctions in the Indian state of Karnataka wind down, those in the state of Andhra Pradesh are about to open.

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Farming semantics

Farming semantics

| March 2, 2018

Researchers in Sri Lanka say that tobacco farmers can make their livings in other ways; so they don’t want them called tobacco farmers. How about, farmers who happen to be growing tobacco?

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Flue-cured crop recovers

Flue-cured crop recovers

| February 27, 2018

Despite a 5.5 percent drop in Zimbabwe in the area planted to flue-cured tobacco, last season to this season, the Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers’ Union thinks volume will be up by 5.8 percent.

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Zimbabwe moving on

Zimbabwe moving on

| February 20, 2018

Boosting the tobacco sector is one of the goals of new and proposed policies aimed at attracting business and investment to Zimbabwe, while encouraging exports.

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Zimbabwe plantings down

Zimbabwe plantings down

| February 19, 2018

Unhelpful weather in Zimbabwe means that flue-cured tobacco plantings are down by more than five percent this season.

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Zimbabwe disease alert

Zimbabwe disease alert

| February 15, 2018

A resurgence of a viral disease in Zimbabwe’s tobacco is being blamed on growers, but those who claim to be overseeing production must surely shoulder some of the blame.

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Seeking new alliances

Seeking new alliances

| February 9, 2018

Alliance One International, which yesterday announced a rise in volume sales, is seeking to expand into new, added-value business lines that offer improved margins and good growth potential.

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Watching the weather

Watching the weather

| February 9, 2018

Local observers believe that Indonesia, which grew 70,000 tons of tobacco in 2016, could grow 200,000 tons this year – if the weather is co-operative.

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Star Tobacco expanding

Star Tobacco expanding

| February 8, 2018

Star Tobacco’s recent expansion is being reflected in the establishment of bigger facilities in Turkey and Indonesia.

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Malawi crop down

Malawi crop down

| February 8, 2018

In an economically poor country such as Malawi, the question arises as to why fewer farmers registered to grow tobacco this season than did so the previous season.

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