News Briefs tobacco industry 8B-2012

Bulgaria: The government established new Tobacco Advisory Committee 18/7 – At a meeting with representatives of tobacco growers, manufacturers, traders, Minister of Agriculture and Food Bulgaria Dimitar Grekov was establishment of a new Tobacco Advisory Committee, said the government “openly in the implementation of state policy in the area of ​​responsibility of cigarettes.” Tobacco Advisory Committee in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture will “discuss long-term strategies, concepts, policies and coordination of national legislation and the European Union, and the support system for tobacco industry Leaf, “a press release of the ministry said. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Byuhran Abazov said the government would insist on fairness and balance in the representation of corporations and shareholders in the formation of this committee. (BTA Daily News)

Bulgaria: The government established new Tobacco Advisory Board
18/7 – At a meeting with representatives of tobacco growers, manufacturers, traders, Minister of Agriculture and Food Bulgaria Dimitar Grekov has established a new Tobacco Advisory Committee, said that government “openly in the implementation of state policy in the field are responsible for tobacco.” Tobacco Advisory Committee in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture will “discuss long-term strategies, concepts, policies and coordination of national legislation and the European Union, and the support system for tobacco industry Leaf, “a press release of the ministry said. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Byuhran Abazov said the government would insist on fairness and balance in the representation of corporations and shareholders in the formation of this committee. (BTA Daily News)

Zimbabwe: Farmers Organizations optimistic about the future development of the tobacco industry
18/7 – In Zimbabwe, where farmers have sold about 160 thousand tons of tobacco worth about $ 590 million in this year’s auction season ends on July 5 last, less than estimated by the Commission Marketing and the Tobacco Industry (TIMB) was 170 thousand tons, farmer organizations believe that despite not achieving its objectives, the domestic tobacco industry can continue to grow thanks to “favorable environment” and strong demand from Asian countries for its plant. Commercial Farmers’ Federation Zimbabwe (ZCFU) said they were optimistic that the trend will continue despite high production costs, lack of irrigation infrastructure and climate change is expected to affect the area in the future. ZCFU said there was no direct threat to the tobacco industry in the country although the dynamics of the World Health Organization to curb tobacco production worldwide. Wonder Chabikwa ZCFU president said that “the future of tobacco farming in Zimbabwe is very good and we will continue to exceed the current output,” and added that the group would oppose any move to limit production domestic leaf production. Mr. Rodney Ambrose, president of the Zimbabwe Tobacco Association, said strong demand for cigarettes Zimbabwe from the Asian markets, especially China, will promote this sector in the country, but added that ” we need to ensure that our farmers, industry value added products and key markets are protected so that our demand is to become a participant in the FCTC conference in the future. “TIMB chief executive Andrew Matibiri said growth in the region’s future will largely depend on the availability of capital, and added that” a growing number of farmers concerned interested in developing this crop, or increasing their production scale, because the direct marketing system has been developed for tobacco. “Nearly 91 280 registered farmers to grow crops in 2013 and 55 802 people registered for the planting season. (Newsday Zimbabwe)

US: Heavy rain caused some problems for Burley tobacco
17/7 – Expert tobacco industry Bob Pearce of the University of Kentucky, Kenny Seebold and Julie Beale said the recent heavy rains in the state Kentuky led to some problems for Burley tobacco crop as flooding, leaf burns and black legs, and added that they saw “rapid development spots on lower leaf levels, weather created spots and many serious cases leaf scorching the bottom.” Experts said the tree has symptoms deficiency of nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus before it rains, adding that the spots become serious cause “fear leaf disease outbreaks new is happening. ” They said the test many samples shows that the problem is caused by the interaction of the stress of the leaf and the environment, and not by a pathogen. Some spots seemed to be actual physical injury from raindrops on leaves slot, experts said. An imbalance of nutrients can cause other symptoms, because trees with shallow root systems can not absorb nutrients with full rate, they said. (Southeast Farm Press)

US: Leaves FCV is expected to grow 15% in 2013
15/7 – The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says Virginia tobacco output FC of state are expected to increase 15% over 2012 to reach 55.2 million pounds in 2013, the harvested area is expected to increased to 3,000 acres from last year’s 23,000 acres. Output forecast 2,400 pounds per acre is unchanged since 2012. The department said the forecast is based on conditions as of January 1, 7. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)