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Leaf & tobacco processing

Brazil bounces back

30 Dec 2016. Brazil gave the tobacco industry a fright in 2016 when flue-cured Virginia (FCV) production came in below 500 million kg for the first time in 15 years. Looking ahead to the coming growing season, Brazil’s FCV production for 2017 looks set to regain virtually all the ground lost a year earlier.
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Indian farmers shut out

30 Dec 2016. The recent FCTC plenary session will not be remembered for dramatic decisions or advances in tobacco control. Instead, COP7 will go down as the year in which the FCTC and the Indian government refused to acknowledge the voice of India’s tobacco farming community.
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Rough ride for US leaf

30 Dec 2016. The 2016 US growing season was like a roller coaster out of control, with heavy rains, dry periods, tropical storms and hurricanes all having their impact. Rocky Womack spoke with growers and leaf experts across tobacco growing states to get this firsthand account.
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Leaf perspectives

30 Dec 2016. António Abrunhosa, chief executive of the International Tobacco Growers Association, arrives back from the recent COP in India and wonders, what was actually achieved?
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New barn tech for China

30 Dec 2016. A new flue-curing barn is being developed in China. New barn technology being developed by Yunnan Academy of Tobacco Agricultural Sciences (YATAS), based in Kunming, sees a future in flue-curing where temperature and humidity are based on “digital curing curves”.
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