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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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Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry Marketing Board (TIMB) raised weighing and auction floor fees, from US$4.50. Read more

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Pakistan’s Federal Board of Revenue faces pressure to abolish the adjustable federal excise duty of PKR300 per kilogram on the processing of green tobacco at green leaf threshing plants. Read more

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Tobacco farmers are calling on political parties to help ease the impact of the 40% excise tax rise on cigarettes that is scheduled to come into effect October 1 this year. Read more

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Data from Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries show a decrease in tobacco cultivation in 2018, despite the country having been granted duty-free and quota-free exports of tobacco leaves to Vietnam. Read more

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Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Industry Marketing Board has raised weighing and auction floor fees, from US$4.50 last season to US$7.70 per bale this season. Read more

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Activities at Zimbabwe’s tobacco auction floors were expected to improve following the scrapping of the 2% electronic transfer tax on all activities at the country’s tobacco floors, with prices being offered for the crop beginning to firm. Read more

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Farmers are now back to tobacco farming after a three-year hiatus, with many once again reaping from the crop as they had done decades ago. Read more

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

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Industrial holdings group, TSL which has operations in agriculture, logistics, and real estate, has recorded a 19% jump in revenue. Read more

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The Black Tobacco Farmers Association was introduced to the industry in late January 2019. Read more

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Malawi is following in the footsteps of other African countries to look at legalizing cannabis. Read more

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