Category: Leaf

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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Leaf tax threat withdrawn

Leaf tax threat withdrawn

| April 6, 2017

Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco growers seem to have seen off a threat that those who didn’t produce a tax clearance certificate would be subject to a 10 percent impost on their current sales.

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Andhra prices increased

Andhra prices increased

| April 4, 2017

Observers in Andhra Pradesh, India, are attributing a rise in grower prices for flue-cured leaf to the fact that the tobacco acreage was down, which seems to give the lie to the idea that prices are based on quality.

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Looking to ‘scrape through’

Looking to ‘scrape through’

| March 17, 2017

After two years of heavy losses, tobacco growers in Andhra Pradesh, India, are simply looking to ‘scrape through’ this year’s sales season.

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Tobacco market opens

Tobacco market opens

| March 17, 2017

Grower sales of Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco crop, which this year is estimated at 205 million kg, have got under way in Harare.

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Alternative crops sought

Alternative crops sought

| March 13, 2017

Bangladesh is looking to encourage its tobacco growers to switch to other crops, but the question is, will it be any more successful than have others that have tried to do the same.

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Marking a milestone

Marking a milestone

| March 5, 2017

Kirk Wayne announces retirement as president; board elects Hank Mozingo as successor.

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Bouncing back

Bouncing back

| March 1, 2017

Brazilian leaf volumes are set to recover after last year’s unusually small harvest.

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Seeking break-even prices

Seeking break-even prices

| February 24, 2017

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board has relayed a message from Zimbabwe’s farmers that this season’s flue-cured tobacco crop is of excellent quality.

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New control act for Papua

New control act for Papua

| February 24, 2017

The provisions of a new tobacco control act in Papua New Guinea will be introduced in a way that heeds the impact they will have on affected people and businesses.

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Leaf agreement signed

Leaf agreement signed

| February 22, 2017

The Extremadura region of Spain has been praised by Japan Tobacco International for its innovative local tobacco growing sector and the quality of its leaf.

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$14 a year in tobacco wages

$14 a year in tobacco wages

| February 21, 2017

Down at the mean end of the globalized tobacco economy, Malawi tobacco farm workers can expect to pick up $14 a year in wages. Food is supplied, but sans Michelin stars.

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Commodity boards to merge

Commodity boards to merge

| February 15, 2017

The Tobacco Board looks set to be merged with four other commodity boards in India with the aim of boosting exports of tobacco, tea, coffee, rubber and spices.

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Price down in Karnataka

Price down in Karnataka

| February 14, 2017

A story reporting a decline in the average flue-cured tobacco price in the Indian state of Karnataka gave no reason why the decline had occurred.

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Alliance volumes increased

Alliance volumes increased

| February 7, 2017

Despite its leaf volumes having fallen slightly in the third quarter to the end of December and despite challenging market conditions, Alliance One International’s nine-months volumes were increased.

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