Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture & Co-operation



Frequently Asked Questions

Status paper on Tobacco

Handbook of Tobacco Statistics 2000

Tobacco is a principal cash crop of National importance. It has been playing a prominent role in the development of the Nation's Economy. Although the cultivation of Tobacco is restricted to 0.3% of the total cultivated area, it provides employment to a large number of people on the one hand. On the other hand, it makes significant contribution to National Exchequer by way of excise revenue and foreign exchange earnings. Tobacco being a labour intensive crop provides employment to more than 60 lakhs people who are engaged in the farming curing, redrying, packaging, grading, manufacturing distribution, export and retailing activities. The bidi industry which provides employment to around 44.00 lakhs essentially unskilled rural folks, mostly women, is also arresting the influx of rural labour to urban centres. 

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Ministry of Agriculture, (Dept. of Agri. & Coop., Govt of India)
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26 Haddows Road, Chennai - 600 006

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