June 12, 2024


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Karnataka growers seen returning to tobacco

Transplantation of tobacco has started in Karnataka and it is reported to gain momentum around future number of weeks even as a part of farmers who experienced switched around to other crops like ginger final year are found coming back again to the funds crop.

Just lately, the Tobacco Board preset the crop dimensions for Karnataka in the 2021-22 year at ninety seven million kgs, increased than earlier year’s 88 million kgs.

“We anticipate the farmers to return to tobacco this year,” reported BV Javare Gowda, President, Federation of Karnataka Virginia Tobacco Growers Affiliation. Karnataka’s crop dimensions for 2021-22 is the common for the earlier a few years and is marginally decreased than the growers’ request of 100 million kgs, Gowda reported.

Previous year, the crop dimensions was shrunk to 88 million kgs thanks to the distribute of Covid-19 pandemic, reported Gowda, former vice-chairman, Tobacco Board.

Virginia tobacco is primarily grown in Mysuru and Hassan districts of Karnataka and the space is estimated to be amongst 70,000 hectares and one lakh hectares. Karnataka is the next premier producer of tobacco just after neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, exactly where the 2020-21 crop is at present getting auctioned.

The flue-healed viriginia tobacco manufactured in Karntaka is primarily exported and employed for blending with other variety. Gowda reported about 80 for each cent of the virginia tobacco grown in Karnataka is exported.

Lousy returns

Gowda reported the very poor returns from ginger and an maximize in auction rates towards the fag-end of year in early March would prompt growers to return to tobacco this year. The common rates for the 2020-21 auction year was all-around ₹121 a kg, decreased than the earlier year thanks to excellent issues, Gowda reported. Extra rains in the producing areas experienced impacted the excellent and productivity of the tobacco crop final year. However, through February-end and early-March, tobacco rates went up as significant as ₹250-260 for each kg and that would draw in growers’ desire, he reported.

Mysuru to keep

In Mysuru district, the space is very likely to continue being amongst forty three,000 hectares and forty five,000 hectares this year, practically similar to final year, reported Mahanteshappa, Joint Director, Division of Agriculture, Federal government of Karnataka. In truth, Mahanteshappa reported that tobacco space in Mysuru district has appear down from about 75,000 hectares to forty five,000 ha around the earlier 7-eight years.

Vikram Raj Urs, Secretary of Federation of Karnataka Virginia Tobacco Growers Affiliation, reported pre-monsoon rains have been great in the producing areas and that transplantation has been carried out in two,000 hectares. Compared with Gowda, Urs does not anticipate the return of farmers to tobacco from ginger. He reported ginger is an uncomplicated crop and for farmers, who experienced grown on leased lands, experienced fetched decreased returns.