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News - 31/08/2015

Farmers in India penalized for excedding crop size

Tobacco Board of India Chairman Koothati Gopal on July 16th rejected an appeal by tobacco growers to suspend penalties for exceeding the crop limit, noting that a fine was the only way to encourage farmers to adhere to the authorized crop size.

News - 31/08/2015

The Minister of Agriculture in Malawi declares support to the tobacco Industry until alternatives are found

At a meeting on July 20th in Lilongwe, Malawi, attended by diplomats and representatives from companies including Alliance One, Universal Leaf, Limbe Leaf, and Philip Morris International, Malawi's Minister of Agriculture and Water Development Allan Chiyembekeza said the country will continue to support the tobacco industry, which is reported to be the country's second largest employer after the government, until alternative cash crops are found.

News - 31/08/2015

Growers in Zambia urged to be cautious while choosing leaf buyers

Ahead of the 2015-16 tobacco growing season, Franklin Mwale, chairperson of the Eastern Fodya Association of Zambia, urged tobacco growers to deal with only "known and reputable local buyers," amid reports that some tobacco growers who traveled from Eastern Province to Lusaka to sell their crop failed to find buyers.

News - 31/08/2015

Leaf sales in Zimbabwe down to 8.5%

With leaf sales in Zimbabwe down 8.5% y-y to 188.5 million kilograms this year as the drought in southern Africa affected the production of the country's top export earner, thousands of farmers who made little from their tobacco crop, after switching from traditional staples like maize, sorghum and groundnuts, fear of going hungry this winter, as the government said the country's maize harvest dropped by 49% in the 2014-15 season and is expected to exacerbate food shortages.

News - 31/08/2015

The Transpacific Partnership Trade Agreement failed to reach a consensus agreement

In a major setback to US President Barack Obama, trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations who met in Hawaii last week could not finalize the Trans- Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) after they failed to reach a consensus on certain issues, including intellectual property rights, although US Trade Representative Michael Froman said the delegates would "continue intensive engagement to find common ground," adding that he was "more confident than ever that TPP is within reach and will support jobs and economic growth." 

News - 31/08/2015

Exports up 42% in Zimbabwe in terms of value

Latest data released by the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) showed that Zimbabwe exported 64 million kg of leaf tobacco worth US$ 341 million at an average price of US$ 5.30 per kg as of August 7th, compared to 50.4 million kg of leaf valued at US$ 240 million at an average price of US$ 4.50 per kg in the same period last year.

News - 31/08/2015

Planting eucalyptus to fight deforestation

The Sustainable Afforestation Association in Zimbabwe, formed in October 2013 to curb deforestation from leaf curing, said it planted 600 hectares of eucalyptus in its 1st year and 3,340 hectares in 2014-15, which is still short of the long- term target of 4,000-5,000 hectares per year.

News - 30/07/2015

Meeting in Bulgaria organized by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture to discuss priority issues on the tobacco agenda.

The meeting was attended by the Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and food, Ms Desislava Taneva and the Commissioner for Agriculture and rural development for the European Union, Mr Phil Hogan.