Karnataka growers seen returning to tobacco

Transplantation of tobacco has started in Karnataka and it is mentioned to acquire momentum over upcoming few weeks even as a section of farmers who experienced switched over to other crops like ginger previous yr are seen coming again to the dollars crop.

Just lately, the Tobacco Board preset the crop dimension for Karnataka in the 2021-22 season at 97 million kgs, bigger than former year’s 88 million kgs.

“We expect the farmers to return to tobacco this yr,” mentioned BV Javare Gowda, President, Federation of Karnataka Virginia Tobacco Growers Association. Karnataka’s crop dimension for 2021-22 is the ordinary for the previous 3 a long time and is marginally lessen than the growers’ ask for of 100 million kgs, Gowda mentioned.

Last yr, the crop dimension was shrunk to 88 million kgs due to the distribute of Covid-19 pandemic, mentioned Gowda, previous vice-chairman, Tobacco Board.

Virginia tobacco is generally developed in Mysuru and Hassan districts of Karnataka and the space is approximated to be among 70,000 hectares and one lakh hectares. Karnataka is the next premier producer of tobacco after neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, in which the 2020-21 crop is currently currently being auctioned.

The flue-cured viriginia tobacco made in Karntaka is generally exported and used for blending with other variety. Gowda mentioned about eighty per cent of the virginia tobacco developed in Karnataka is exported.

Lousy returns

Gowda mentioned the inadequate returns from ginger and an raise in auction costs in the direction of the fag-close of season in early March would prompt growers to return to tobacco this yr. The ordinary costs for the 2020-21 auction season was all around ₹121 a kg, lessen than the former yr due to quality troubles, Gowda mentioned. Surplus rains in the generating locations experienced impacted the quality and productiveness of the tobacco crop previous yr. However, in the course of February-close and early-March, tobacco costs went up as large as ₹250-260 per kg and that would attract growers’ curiosity, he mentioned.

Mysuru to keep

In Mysuru district, the space is likely to continue to be among forty three,000 hectares and forty five,000 hectares this yr, practically similar to previous yr, mentioned Mahanteshappa, Joint Director, Division of Agriculture, Govt of Karnataka. In reality, Mahanteshappa mentioned that tobacco space in Mysuru district has occur down from about seventy five,000 hectares to forty five,000 ha over the previous 7-8 a long time.

Vikram Raj Urs, Secretary of Federation of Karnataka Virginia Tobacco Growers Association, mentioned pre-monsoon rains have been fantastic in the generating locations and that transplantation has been carried out in two,000 hectares. Unlike Gowda, Urs does not expect the return of farmers to tobacco from ginger. He mentioned ginger is an uncomplicated crop and for farmers, who experienced developed on leased lands, experienced fetched lessen returns.