Tobacco farmers upbeat as penalty slashed by half for extra crop


‘Now, we’d like not take further barn on lease to avoid the lower in per barn quota’


Tobacco farmers in Prakasam and Nellore district are all smiles because the Union Authorities has lower the penalty on the surplus crop by 50% and lifted the edge restrict, coinciding with the graduation of rabi season.

The choice taken by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Business has come as a boon for the tobacco growers underneath the purview of Southern Gentle Soil (SLS) and Southern Black Soil (SBS) public sale platforms within the two districts on the eve of the World Tobacco Growers’ Day.

“The authorised growers need to pay solely ₹1 per kg and 5% of the worth of the surplus manufacturing as penalty through the 2021-22 cropping season when in comparison with ₹2 per kg and 10% of the worth of extra manufacturing as penalty collected over the past season,” mentioned SLS Regional Supervisor D. Venugopal.

Nevertheless, the unregistered growers need to pay the outdated charges, he mentioned whereas highlighting the ‘farmer-friendly’ choice introduced by Union Commerce Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam.

“The Tobacco Board desires the farmers to supply high quality crops with extra of vibrant grade varieties,” mentioned Tobacco Board Govt Director Addanki Sridhar Babu in a voice mail to farmers.

The crop regulator has taken a well timed choice following illustration from the farmers that tobacco cultivation is more and more changing into uncompetitive within the wake of intense competitors within the world market, mentioned a gaggle of farmers underneath the purview of Ongole-II public sale platform.

“Henceforth, we’d like not take further barn on lease to avoid the lower in per barn quota,” Vadela Varaprasad, a tobacco farmer from Chekurapadu village mentioned.

One other farmer, P. Venkateswara Rao mentioned within the absence of rain, they’d began the cultivation by watering the crops as additional delay in cultivation would have an effect on the standard. “Now, we’d like not shell out further cash as much as ₹80,000 for taking further barn, the first curing unit of tobacco, on lease. We are able to confidently increase the crop with out fearing the penalty to realize the economies of scale,” mentioned B. Ramaanjaneyulu, a farmer, including that the crop output, nonetheless, fluctuates relying on the climate situation.

Tobacco cultivation may very well be economically viable provided that about 50 quintal per barn output was realised, added T. Ramanaiah. Penalty on extra crop augments the income of the Tobacco Board, a self-sufficient commodity regulator when different commodity boards are funded by the Centre on the one hand. The board additionally helps farmers take the benefit of the economies of scale.

Crop acreage

Farmers started tobacco cultivation on a modest observe in over 1,750 hectares within the SLS area and little greater than 2,500 hectares within the SBS area. The Tobacco Board has fastened the authorised acreage of 27818 hectares within the SLS area and 22,014 hectares within the SBS area, in response to sources.



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