Tobacco growers are opposing any move to reduce the crop size for the coming season. They met Tobacco Board executive director Ch Subba Rao in the light of the Indian Tobacco Association (ITA) sending a proposal to the board suggesting cut in the crop size.
The ITA had recently written to the board to reduce the crop size to 121.55 million kg for the 2011-12 season as against the 165 million kg permitted for 2010-11. ITA president Bellam Kotaiah informed the board that the tobacco prices in the international market had declined forcing the ITA to bring down the prices and slash the purchase volume. Ream more »