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Govt targets 30% growth in tobacco exports for FY22

Extension of benefit under RoDTEP to boost exports: ITA

Govt targets 30% growth in tobacco exports for FY22

Govt targets 30% growth in tobacco exports for FY22 

The Indian Tobacco Association (ITA) said that the extension of benefit under RoDTEP to the tobacco sector is eminently aligned to the objectives of the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) and also to have a level playing field to our products in the international market.

Export is a pre-requisite for the growth of any country. The Association said India has got advantage of wide range of soils and climatic conditions to produce different styles of tobaccos which can cater to the needs of different overseas markets.

There are several countries in the world whose economy is based on Tobacco like - Brazil, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Thailand, etc. India is, thus, well positioned to become a major player in the global tobacco market if it can harness the emerging opportunities through price competitiveness. However, steep increases in cost of cultivation, transportation and logistics has adversely impacted the price competitiveness of Indian tobacco.

The Association had said, "We had the opportunity to digitally participate in the Prime Minister's interactive session. We were pleased to learn that the government is focusing on exports, with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry setting a target of a 30 per cent growth in Indian tobacco exports. In this regard, we also met with the Commerce Minister and the Secretary of the Commerce Ministry, and made our representations and workings through the Tobacco Board. Whereas, tobacco is not included in RoDTEP benefits, despite several appeals."

The tobacco sector's exports mainly include value-added products, such as flue-cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco (approximately 72 per cent of the country's FCV production for export) and tobacco products, which bring the country US$ 900 million in foreign exchange each year. As there is no level playing field in the international market, India's exports of unprocessed tobacco have fallen sharply.

Indian Unmanufactured exports in 2013-14 was worth Rs 4,850 cr with volume of 236 M Kg compared to Rs 3,780 cr with a substantially low volume of 169 M Kg in 2020-21, clearly indicates India's fall in global markets. It is loss to entire FCV tobacco stake holder community as well as revenue loss to the Indian Government.

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