Category: Leaf

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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Universal looking forward

Universal looking forward

| February 7, 2018

Green-leaf purchases have begun in Brazil, and Universal Corporation believes already that its fiscal year 2019 volumes will rise, given a recovery in African volumes and overall market stability.

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Tree levy opposed

Tree levy opposed

| February 6, 2018

Not one tree seedling has been planted in Zimbabwe as part of a government reforestation scheme funded to the tune of US$20 million by levies imposed on farmers since 2015.

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Warning: middlemen

Warning: middlemen

| February 2, 2018

It is not just the weather that can turn a good season into a poor one for Zimbabwe’s tobacco growers. Middlemen blowing in after harvest time can do the same.

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Tax regime could backfire

Tax regime could backfire

| February 2, 2018

The Philippines’ government seems intent on burdening smokers with crippling levels of taxes as part of a policy that seems likely to backfire to the cost of the wider community.

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Turning over a new leaf

Turning over a new leaf

| January 30, 2018

Leaf tobacco production and export comprise one sector that can help Azerbaijan lessen its economic dependence on oil.

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Sustainable plans

Sustainable plans

| January 24, 2018

With coal becoming an unacceptable fuel for curing tobacco, Zimbabwe is having to step up its reforestation program so as to allow growers to continue to use wood.

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Universal to webcast results

Universal to webcast results

| January 24, 2018

Candace C. Formacek, Universal Corporation’s vice president and treasurer, will host a third-quarter-results conference- call on February 6.

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Child-labor issue raised

Child-labor issue raised

| January 17, 2018

Manufacturers that have been buying tobacco for many years have tried but failed to prevent the use of child labor on farms. Now, a member of the European Parliament has raised the issue.

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Quality issues in Malawi

Quality issues in Malawi

| January 17, 2018

With what might be a ‘short’ tobacco crop and with concern about the quality of some of the tobacco being produced; it will be interesting to watch Malawi’s grower prices evolving.

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Looking to quit

Looking to quit

| January 16, 2018

After four consecutive years of drought, some of the flue-cured tobacco growers operating in the traditional growing areas of Andhra Pradesh are ready to quit.

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Tobacco season delayed

Tobacco season delayed

| January 12, 2018

The late onset of rains in Zimbabwe is expected to delay the opening of the flue-cured tobacco selling season, which could have a knock-on effect through the economy.

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Fire-cured under threat

Fire-cured under threat

| January 10, 2018

A US Food and Drug Administration proposal to limit levels of nitrosamines in finished smokeless tobacco products could pose an existential threat to fire-cured production in the US.

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Local buying ‘encouraged’

Local buying ‘encouraged’

| December 29, 2017

To import unmanufactured tobacco into Indonesia, companies are going to have to demonstrate that they are buying local tobacco.

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PM visits tobacco growers

PM visits tobacco growers

| December 28, 2017

Putting to one side the inevitable higher-prices pep-talk, the real story of the Macedonian Prime Minister’s visit to tobacco areas was the fact that he made the trip.

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Decentralizing sales

Decentralizing sales

| December 14, 2017

Setting up auction sales floors outside Harare should help some tobacco farmers reduce their costs of transport, but some are concerned about whether there will be enough buyers to go around.

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