Introduced by the Portuguese in the 17th century, Indian tobacco is today appreciated worldwide for its rich, full-bodied flavour and smoothness. It is now an increasingly well-known and well-respected commodity in world tobacco markets and has found its way into cigarettes manufactured in many different countries.
In the tobacco world, India has a very impressive and progressive profile. In 2009-10, India was the second-largest producer of 750 million kgs, next to China. Of this, Flue Cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco—the main exportable variety of tobacco that is produced in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka—accounted for 315 million kgs and led to India emerging as the leading exporter of FCV tobacco in the world.
Tobacco, in India, makes a significant contribution to the national economy by earning about US$ 923 million of foreign exchange, besides accruing US$ 2.9 billion to the central exchequer by way of excise levies on manufactured tobacco. Tobacco is an important commercial crop that provides employment to nearly 36 million people, who are engaged in the various process of tobacco cultivation, curing, grading, manufacturing and marketing.
The Tobacco Board is a facilitator for tobacco growers, traders and exporters. By creating synergies amongst these stakeholders, the Board fosters a vibrant enterprise with a deep social conscience and strong national commitment.
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