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The 2020 tobacco output for Zimbabwe is expected to decline by 13% to 225 million kilograms (m.kg) from a record high of 259 m.kg in the last season due to drought. Read more

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The Philippines has announced plans to enhance the country’s tobacco industry through farm mechanization and the implementation of modernized tobacco farming technology. Read more

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Following the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board’s call to decentralize operations, several tobacco companies have shown interest in setting up auction floors in Hurungwe. Read more

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The Australian Taxation Office discovered and shut down an AU$3 million tobacco-growing operation near Goulburn, seizing and destroying more than 10.3 tons of illicit tobacco. Read more

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Kentucky’s Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association will be paying out millions to several thousand tobacco farmers. Read more

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The Tobacco Association of Malawi says it expects tobacco farmers to produce 161 million kgs of the crop during the 2019/20 growing season but has warned farmers against overproduction. Read more

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Japan Tobacco Inc. announces that the Leaf Tobacco Deliberative Council has released its report to the consultation for domestic leaf tobacco cultivation area and purchase prices for 2020. Read more

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Tobacco Board chairman Raghunadha Babu Yadlapati says that in order to maintain productivity in the face of increasing farm labor shortages, mechanized farming is a necessity. Read more

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In a 2019-2020 season that was largely blighted by drought, tobacco farmers managed another record-breaking feat by delivering 259.5 mln kgs of the cash crop, up from a historic 252 million kg recorded last year. Read more

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After a special consumption tax that targets cigarettes manufactured with “leaves” was introduced, the amount of taxable imports of tobacco leaf extracts decreased while non-taxable imports, such as stem-and-root extraction surged. Read more

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Malawi is confronting child and forced labor practices after the US restricted tobacco imports from the African nation over allegations workers, including children, were being exploited. Read more

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Cuba began the preparations for the next tobacco harvest in the western province of Pinar del Río, the largest producer and supplier of the aromatic leaf for making the island’s most famous cigar brands. Read more

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Some Tennessee tobacco farmers are turning to hemp for financial stability, with an estimated 38,000 acres of hemp expected to be farmed in Tennessee in 2019. Only 4,700 acres were farmed in 2018. Read more

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Myriad challenges are plaguing Zimbabwe’s tobacco sector and threatening its viability in spite of the fact that tobacco is one of the country’s top foreign currency earner. Read more

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Bullion Leaf Zimbabwe will contract farmers that did not benefit under the company’s input support scheme to sell in Bullion’s auction floors. Read more

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Diet Tobacco Europe Kft is installing a new DIET (dry iced expanded tobacco) production line which will triple the current capacity,  enabling DTE  to better serve their customers. Read more

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Australia’s newly established Illicit Tobacco Taskforce has seized six tons of illegally gown tobacco leaf that could have resulted in the loss US$9.86 million in excise duty if sold to smokers. Read more

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The National Tobacco Administration in the Philippines recently appealed to all tobacco growers in the region to sell their products only to licensed traders to ensure fair market price. Read more

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The Namibian cabinet has approved Namibia Oriental Tobacco’s right of leasehold application for a tobacco and maize plantation in Zambezi. Read more

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A local engineering firm has developed an energy-efficient twin-turbo tobacco curing barn that is set to cut energy bills for tobacco farmers and reduce the impact on the environment. Read more

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