Brazilian Tobacco Farmers Face 10.9% Crop Decrease in 2021-2022

Brazilian Tobacco Farmers Face 10.9% Crop Decrease in 2021-2022
Brazil's 2021-2022 tobacco yield decreased by 10.9%, but the average price paid to farmers rose by 61.5%.

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According to data released by the Brazilian Tobacco Growers Association Afubra on September 5th, tobacco farmers in southern Brazil produced 560.18 million kilograms of tobacco in the 2021-2022 growing season, a decrease of 10.9% compared to the previous season.

The output includes 51.259 million kilograms of roasted Virginia, 41.79 million kilograms of white rib tobacco, and 5.79 million kilograms of the local tobacco variety Galpao Comum.

The tobacco cultivated area in southern Brazil has decreased by 8.8% year on year to 246,590 hectares in 2021-2022.

Despite a decrease in the quantity of tobacco leaves produced, the average payment to tobacco farmers in southern Brazil this year increased by 61.5%, reaching a price of 17.02 Brazilian reais per kilogram ($3.25 USD).

The average price in Rio Grande do Sul is 17.26 Brazilian reals per kilogram, in Santa Catarina it is 17.19 Brazilian reals per kilogram, and in Paraná it is 16.41 Brazilian reals per kilogram.

Industry representatives predict that there will be a slight increase in tobacco cultivation area in southern Brazil in 2022-2023.

The production estimate will be completed by the end of October.


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