Category: Leaf

Preparing for harvest

Preparing for harvest

| August 2, 2019

Farmers in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, expect to plant about 20,050 hectares of tobacco for the 2019-2020 season.

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Fears about forex

Fears about forex

| August 1, 2019

Tobacco sales in Malawi are down compared to the same period last year, bringing fears that the country might face a shortage of foreign exchange.

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Seed sales plunge

Seed sales plunge

| July 29, 2019

Tobacco seed sales in Zimbabwe have plummeted 55.2 percent as farmers grapple with viability challenges ahead of the 2019/2020 season.

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Farm worker abuse alleged

Farm worker abuse alleged

| June 3, 2019

A report in The Guardian newspaper has alleged that migrant workers have been unfairly treated in Italy’s tobacco fields.

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Grower returns squeezed

Grower returns squeezed

| March 28, 2019

Zimbabwe’s auction floor charges were recently raised overnight by more than 70 percent. Growers’ tobacco prices have remained largely unchanged for a quarter of a century. Hmm.

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Crop down “significantly”

Crop down “significantly”

| March 25, 2019

Tobacco manufacturers will no doubt be contributing generously to the aid currently flowing into Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique following the devastation caused by cyclone Idai.

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Malawi crop confirmed

Malawi crop confirmed

| March 22, 2019

In the face of destruction, death and displacements caused by flooding, the state of the tobacco crop might seem unimportant; but the income from its sale will be needed more than ever.

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Production down 18 percent

Production down 18 percent

| March 20, 2019

Tobacco production in Cambodia fell during the past few years ‘due to market fluctuations,’ which presumably means downward ‘fluctuations’.

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Fresh thinking needed

Fresh thinking needed

| March 15, 2019

Since air pollution kills more people than are killed by tobacco smoke, perhaps the Bangkok authorities should take a fresh look at their taxation policies.

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Sales set to start

Sales set to start

| March 14, 2019

Sales of Zimbabwe’s 2019 flue-cured tobacco crops are due to start next week. Ominously for growers, there seems to have been little talk about prices.

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Growers say prices too low

Growers say prices too low

| March 7, 2019

It is often the case that tobacco growers are told that, to ensure fair prices, they should not step out of line, even though they are stepping out of line because prices aren’t fair.

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Concerns over environment

Concerns over environment

| February 28, 2019

The comparison below stems from the fact that the UK has three official comparators: the double-decker bus (confusingly, for length), the football pitch (area) and Wales (everything else).

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Malawi volume increased

Malawi volume increased

| February 22, 2019

Malawi’s 2018 tobacco marketing season has been described as ‘good’. But good for whom? A Reuters story said that grower prices had been reduced by 16.5 percent from those of 2017.

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Playing the percentages

Playing the percentages

| February 22, 2019

The latest reports from Zimbabwe seem to leave up in the air the question of whether tobacco growers are happy with payment arrangements for the 2019 marketing season.

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Industry friction denied

Industry friction denied

| February 20, 2019

A story about a row over the volume of leaf tobacco purchases in Zambia this year and the imposition of a sales levy has provoked the Tobacco Board of Zambia to issue a rebuttal.

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Currency trade winds

Currency trade winds

| February 18, 2019

Zimbabwe is trying to negotiate the tricky question of how to pay tobacco growers so that the country can earn the maximum net foreign currency from this vital crop.

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Rewarded with lower prices

Rewarded with lower prices

| February 15, 2019

With buyers having reduced tobacco farm-gate prices in Malawi by 54 percent between 2012 and 2016, talk of rewarding farmers for their hard work seems hollow at best.

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Buyers challenge levy

Buyers challenge levy

| February 15, 2019

Two tobacco buying companies are challenging leaf-purchase levies that they say were imposed retroactively.

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Tobacco a hospital crop

Tobacco a hospital crop

| February 11, 2019

Some might say that growing tobacco at a hospital raises no additional problems to those caused by growing it elsewhere. A cynic might say it was a way of increasing business.

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Plea for farmers

Plea for farmers

| February 11, 2019

In a country such as the Philippines, which has traditionally grown a lot of tobacco, price hikes on tobacco products are a two-edged sword.

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