Last Updated: August, 2015
Indian tobacco, introduced by the Portuguese in the 17th century, is appreciated worldwide for its rich, full-bodied flavour and smoothness. It is now an increasingly well-known as well as respected commodity in global tobacco markets and has found its way into cigarettes manufactured in several countries. India has an impressive and progressive profile in the global tobacco industry. India is the third-largest tobacco producer in the world, with annual production of about 800 million kgs. The major exportable variety, Flue Cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco, is produced mainly in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, with production in 2014–15 totalling 297 million kgs. This has led to India emerging as a leading exporter of FCV tobacco globally.
The Tobacco Board of India is a facilitator for tobacco growers, traders and exporters. By creating synergies between these stakeholders, the Board fosters a vibrant enterprise, with a deep social conscience and strong national commitment.The Board estimates demand and regulates the production of FCV tobacco to match demand to ensure a fair price for the produce. The Tobacco Board assists tobacco farmers in securing crop loans, quality seeds, fertilisers and other critical inputs; it also counsels farmers on GAP to produce quality tobaccos to meet the evolving international demand. In addition, the Board conducts auctions for the sale of tobacco in a competitive and transparent environment. On the export front, the Board strives to improve the existing markets and develop new markets for Indian tobacco and tobacco products by undertaking brand building exercises and participation in international tobacco exhibitions. The Board sponsors trade delegations to potential importing countries and also invites delegations from other countries.
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