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India has signed a protocol to revive the export of tobacco leaf to China, in a bid to reduce its US$63 billion trade deficit. The first such agreement was signed in 2008. Read more

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US farmers are facing a new threat: the growing use of e-cigarettes that get their nicotine from processed tobacco grown much more cheaply in emerging markets. Read more

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Universal Leaf Philippines, Inc. will be increasing its purchases of leaf tobaccos in the Philippines as part of a new leaf supply arrangement for the Philippines with Philip Morris International Management SA. Read more

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Tobacco leaf production goes into 2019 with earlier projections pointing to volumes around 5.14 million tons during this crop season. Read more

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Japan Tobacco Inc. announced that the leaf tobacco deliberative council released its annual determinations for domestic leaf tobacco cultivation area and grower prices for 2019. Read more

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As part of our continuing series on independent leaf suppliers we are introducing a Hong Kong-based company that has spread its wings around the globe and a Zimbabwean start-up attempting its first successful baby steps. Read more

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The Ministry of Commerce said Cambodia’s 2017 dry tobacco leaf exports to Vietnam reached more than 1,000 tons valued at more than US$2 million. This is a 24% increase from 2016. Read more

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Japan Tobacco International (JTI) Leaf Zambia Limited says over 4,000 Zambian farmers have been encouraged to grow tobacco this year in the Western Province due to the prevailing high price on the global market. Read more

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Zimbabwe’s tobacco sales reached a record high signaling that controversial land reforms could be working and raising hopes that it could help ease the country’s severe dollar shortage. Read more

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They say the purchase would have no impact as their tobacco has already lost value after JTI Malawi stopped buying tobacco in July. Read more

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Alliance One International, Inc., shareholders approve the change in corporate name to Pyxus International, Inc. Read more

News

The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly was corporatized as the Tobacco Authority of Thailand, according to the Tobacco Authority of Thailand Act 2018. Read more

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The Tobacco Industry Marketing Board has suspended Agritrade Leaf from buying tobacco in Rusape amid revelations that the company was buying the golden leaf from non-contracted farmers, in contravention of laid down procedures. Read more

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Farmer associations and industry figures shared mixed views on issues related to foreign direct investment in the tobacco sector in a meeting called by the commerce and industry ministry. Read more

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A projected 44 million kilograms of tobacco from farmers who benefited from the US$28 million credit facility from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe is expected to go a long way in shielding the auction system. Read more

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Foreign currency incentives have played a large role in drawing more than 116,000 farmers to register for the 2017/18 marketing season. Read more

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Future Market Insights has released a report projecting that by the end of 2026, the organic tobacco market will be worth US$200 million. Read more

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Mashonaland East has taken the lead over all the country’s provinces in terms of the hectarage that has been put under flue-cured tobacco, having 5,625 hectares of the cash crop out of the 15,296 ha planted countrywide. Read more

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The cash crop planted in Belagavi this year has reduced to 5,085 hectares, sown by around 5,100 farmers. Read more

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The International Tobacco Growers Association reports there have been innumerable constraints on leaf production this season. Read more

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From the Associate editor

Regulating by science,
not prejudice

Everyone can agree that regulations should be in place to control e-cigarettes. But, shouldn’t these regulations be based on new scientific findings more than old prejudice?

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