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Leaf & tobacco processing

Creating biotech drugs from tobacco cells

27 Jun 2019. Researchers at Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute have discovered a way to use tobacco plants as ‘green bioreactors’ to produce an anti-inflammatory protein, which could be used to produce pharmaceuticals to treat various autoimmune disorders.
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Illicit trade soars in Africa

27 Jun 2019. South Africa and Kenya are both grappling with the proliferation of illicit cigarette trade, which has resulted in diminishing government revenues, dwindling returns for tobacco companies and skyrocketing unemployment levels, reports TJI correspondent Shem Oirere.
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US tobacco in crisis

27 Jun 2019. Going into the 2019 tobacco growing season, many US farmers are facing uncertainty. Hard acreage cuts by tobacco contractors have left them questioning their future. The extra uncertainty stems from increased pressure from vaping and e-cigarettes products, even more so now that IQOS can be marketed in the United States. All this comes on the heels of one of the wettest years in history, and the rains have spilled over into 2019.
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Record high and low for Zimbabwe’s Golden Leaf

27 Jun 2019. Zimbabwe’s flue-cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco farmers broke two long standing records in 2018. Production burst through the previous record of 236 million kg set in 2000 eventually weighing in at 252 million kg. However, average price continued to trail at USD 2.92 per kg, less than the USD 2.94 per kg recorded 22 years previously in 1996. If anyone thought this was bad, all they had to do was wait another year because accumulated average price for the first four weeks of the 2019 sales failed to breach USD 2.00 per kg.
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