Category: Leaf

Sales open on good note

Sales open on good note

| May 18, 2017

The government of Malawi has said that it will continue with tobacco-industry reforms in order to create a win-win situation for buyers and farmers.

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Cutting out the middlemen

Cutting out the middlemen

| May 18, 2017

Tobacco farmers in the Philippines are being urged to sign up to the national government’s contract growing system so as to free themselves from the ‘abusive practices of middlemen’.

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Anti-tobacco bill passed

Anti-tobacco bill passed

| May 17, 2017

Azerbaijan is simultaneously clamping down on tobacco smoking at home while promoting exports of its leaf tobacco.

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Local grievances in Zambia

Local grievances in Zambia

| May 16, 2017

The general manager of a local cigarette manufacturer in Zambia has said that the government should discourage the export of tobacco without value addition.

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Good prices in Andhra

Good prices in Andhra

| May 15, 2017

Flue-cured tobacco growers in Andhra Pradesh have so far this season received good average prices for their leaf, which is part of a short crop.

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Zimbabwe prices down

Zimbabwe prices down

| May 12, 2017

After 36 days of sales over Zimbabwe’s contract and auction floors, farmer prices for flue-cured tobacco were down two percent on those of 2016.

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Results due May 23

Results due May 23

| May 12, 2017

Vice president and treasurer Candace C. Formacek will host Universal Corporation’s webcast of its results conference call.

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Farm worker abuses alleged

Farm worker abuses alleged

| May 5, 2017

The US-based Farm Labor Organizing Committee says that not enough is being done to address the ‘numerous reports detailing human rights abuses’ on British American Tobacco’s contract farms.

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Zimbabwe sales continuing

Zimbabwe sales continuing

| May 2, 2017

Zimbabwe’ s flue-cured tobacco growers have been paid an average of US$2.76 per kg for the 70 million kg that they have so far delivered to market.

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Another illicit crop busted

Another illicit crop busted

| May 2, 2017

Another major illicit tobacco crop has been destroyed in Australia, where soaring cigarette prices are enticing criminals into commercial-scale growing.

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Criminals growing their own

Criminals growing their own

| April 27, 2017

In Australia, where tobacco production is illegal, the soaring prices of cigarettes is encouraging some criminals to start growing the crop on a commercial scale.

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Seed sales up hugely

Seed sales up hugely

| April 27, 2017

Flue-cured tobacco seed sales in Zimbabwe are running at more than 300 percent higher than they were last year, but it is not clear how this increase is likely to be reflected in the crop size.

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Tobacco seeds zero rated

Tobacco seeds zero rated

| April 26, 2017

Tobacco seeds imported into Azerbaijan, which were subject to a three percent duty, will, from the end of next month, be zero rated.

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Tobacco Board under fire

Tobacco Board under fire

| April 24, 2017

In having to decide on flue-cured tobacco crop sizes, India’s Tobacco Board regularly finds itself between a rock and a hard place; as it has in setting the new Karnataka target.

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Tobacco production attacked

Tobacco production attacked

| April 19, 2017

A local story has it that Kenya might quit tobacco production by 2025 if certain recommendations are accepted. But then the same recommendations were put forward 16 years ago.

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Same sad story in Malawi

Same sad story in Malawi

| April 18, 2017

The hugely-wealthy tobacco industry is once again paying pitiful prices to the largely financially-impoverished tobacco farmers of Malawi.

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Andhra Pradesh prices up

Andhra Pradesh prices up

| April 13, 2017

The shortness of the flue-cured tobacco crop in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh seems to have pushed the average grower price up to a more satisfactory level than that of last season.

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Malawi confidence wobbles

Malawi confidence wobbles

| April 12, 2017

Talk of Malawi’s borders being manned to stop the ‘export’ of leaf tobacco seems to undermine claims that this year’s grower prices are going to be better than the miserly prices of last year.

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A new year, another promise

A new year, another promise

| April 11, 2017

Once again, the tobacco marketing season in Malawi is being held out as one in which farmers will be paid better prices, but since prices last year were down by more than 20 percent, that shouldn’t be difficult.

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Leaf prices up by 0.8 percent

Leaf prices up by 0.8 percent

| April 10, 2017

Zimbabwe’s tobacco growers are modest in their ambition; wanting only prices that allow them to break even. But even this goal might be out of reach, despite an excellent crop.

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