Karnataka growers seen returning to tobacco

Transplantation of tobacco has begun in Karnataka and it is reported to gain momentum more than upcoming couple months even as a segment of farmers who had switched more than to other crops like ginger final yr are witnessed coming back again to the money crop.

Lately, the Tobacco Board preset the crop sizing for Karnataka in the 2021-22 year at 97 million kgs, better than former year’s 88 million kgs.

“We anticipate the farmers to return to tobacco this yr,” reported BV Javare Gowda, President, Federation of Karnataka Virginia Tobacco Growers Association. Karnataka’s crop sizing for 2021-22 is the typical for the earlier 3 a long time and is marginally lessen than the growers’ request of a hundred million kgs, Gowda reported.

Very last yr, the crop sizing was shrunk to 88 million kgs thanks to the unfold of Covid-19 pandemic, reported Gowda, former vice-chairman, Tobacco Board.

Virginia tobacco is mostly grown in Mysuru and Hassan districts of Karnataka and the space is believed to be among 70,000 hectares and just one lakh hectares. Karnataka is the second premier producer of tobacco following neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, wherever the 2020-21 crop is at the moment staying auctioned.

The flue-healed viriginia tobacco created in Karntaka is mostly exported and employed for mixing with other range. Gowda reported about eighty for every cent of the virginia tobacco grown in Karnataka is exported.

Poor returns

Gowda reported the weak returns from ginger and an increase in auction selling prices in the direction of the fag-end of year in early March would prompt growers to return to tobacco this yr. The typical selling prices for the 2020-21 auction year was all-around ₹121 a kg, lessen than the former yr thanks to high-quality challenges, Gowda reported. Excessive rains in the generating locations had impacted the high-quality and productiveness of the tobacco crop final yr. Even so, in the course of February-end and early-March, tobacco selling prices went up as high as ₹250-260 for every kg and that would appeal to growers’ interest, he reported.

Mysuru to keep

In Mysuru district, the space is most likely to remain among forty three,000 hectares and forty five,000 hectares this yr, practically similar to final yr, reported Mahanteshappa, Joint Director, Section of Agriculture, Governing administration of Karnataka. In truth, Mahanteshappa reported that tobacco space in Mysuru district has arrive down from about seventy five,000 hectares to forty five,000 ha more than the earlier 7-8 a long time.

Vikram Raj Urs, Secretary of Federation of Karnataka Virginia Tobacco Growers Association, reported pre-monsoon rains have been superior in the generating locations and that transplantation has been carried out in two,000 hectares. Contrary to Gowda, Urs does not anticipate the return of farmers to tobacco from ginger. He reported ginger is an simple crop and for farmers, who had grown on leased lands, had fetched lessen returns.