ITGA, Tobacco, AGM, Tobacco types, social responsability, agriculture, farmers, tobacco production, alternative crops, fctc, tobacco leaf, tobacco courier, tobacco growers, crop, growing countries

ITGA, Tobacco, AGM, Tobacco types, social responsability, agriculture, farmers, tobacco production, alternative crops, fctc, tobacco leaf, tobacco courier, tobacco growers, crop, growing countries

ITGA, Tobacco, AGM, Tobacco types, social responsability, agriculture, farmers, tobacco production, alternative crops, fctc, tobacco leaf, tobacco courier, tobacco growers, crop, growing countries

ITGA, Tobacco, AGM, Tobacco types, social responsability, agriculture, farmers, tobacco production, alternative crops, fctc, tobacco leaf, tobacco courier, tobacco growers, crop, growing countries

ITGA, Tobacco, AGM, Tobacco types, social responsability, agriculture, farmers, tobacco production, alternative crops, fctc, tobacco leaf, tobacco courier, tobacco growers, crop, growing countries
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Francois van der Merwe ITGA's President
Why do Farmers Grow Tobacco?
  • It is a legally traded agricultural commodity for which, in global terms, there continues to be brisk demand;
  • It thrives on the less fertile soils on the farm or region;
  • There is no better cash crop in most environments suited to tobacco;
  • As a rule, sale is guaranteed and price negotiated or determined by free auctions;
  • Holdings are generally small in tobacco areas, necessitating high value cash crops to ensure family income;
  • Good returns can be achieved per unit area of land;
  • Tobacco-growing attracts sound infrastructure providing financial aid, technical assistance, transport and storage;
  • Successful production of other crops and animal rearing is often more feasible when a high value crop, such as tobacco, is part of the farming system;
  • The wealth generated by leaf tobacco production helps to improve quality of life and attracts educational, health and social facilities in, otherwise, relatively impoverished, rural areas.