CORESTA Meeting, Agronomy/Phytopathology, 2017, Santa Cruz do Sul, OPENING 01

Brazilian tobacco production

SindiTabaco - Interstate Tobacco Industry Union, Santa Cruz do Sul, RS, Brazil

SindiTabaco - Interstate Tobacco Industry Union - is an institution that represents and defends the common interests of the tobacco industry. It has interstate territorial base. The SindiTabaco comprises 15 associated companies. The main focus of the entity are regulatory issues, such as FCTC, sustainability of the tobacco production chain, including social and environmental responsibility and the visibility of the sector, aimed at economic and social aspects. The reasons that sustain the successful trajectory of the sector in the global market are directly related to the high volumes and styles produced, high level of quality, regular supply and the excellent processing facilities, customer services and ISO certification, an integrated production system and sustainability of its production chain. Brazil’s Southern Region Tobacco Production, during the 2016/2017 crop, achieved the following figures: 566 growing municipalities, 600 thousand people employed in the rural areas, 299 thousand hectares planted, 686 thousand tons, R$ 6.1 billion income to growers, 40 thousand direct jobs within the industry and R$ 13.9 billion in taxes annually. The main challenges for SindiTabaco include actions such as sustainability improvements in the tobacco production chain, ongoing monitoring of FCTC issues and continuing communication efforts on various subjects.