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Leaf & tobacco processing

US puts pressure on Malawi

01 Jan 2020. Recent concerns about child labour being used in Malawi tobacco fields have led to the US issuing restrictions on tobacco imports from Malawi, which could have disastrous consequences for the country‘s economy. Kudzai Mashininga and Keith Nuthall looked into what is being done to resolve the issue.
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Fatty alcohol awaits fate

01 Jan 2020. Tobacco growers are awaiting the NOSB’s decision on the use of fatty alcohol as a control for suckers on organic tobacco. The board members are concerned the substance is not compatible with organic agriculture and are considering a ban which would have disastrous consequences for growers. TJI correspondent Rocky Womack spoke to those affected.
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Legalisation may prompt smokers to shift to vapes

01 Jan 2020. An international market research company is predicting that the legalisation of recreational cannabis, notably in Canada, and now in 10 US states, could encourage tobacco consumers to shift from smoking to vaping, and even depress tobacco sales overall long term, writes TJI correspondent Keith Nuthall.
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Spread and balance buoys up the Brazilian “brand”

01 Jan 2020. Brazil’s flue-cured Virginia (FCV) production appears to be permanently back on track. Big losses sustained in 2016 were recouped in 2017 and have been maintained ever since. Spread and balance which benefits both yield and quality continue to underpin Brazil’s success, reports Dr Terry Mabbett.
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