Dimension of The Sector

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here is no question about the socioeconomic role of tobacco in South Brazil. Grown in 619 municipalities in Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Paraná, tobacco is planted on 315 thousand hectares, by 154 thousand integrated farmers. A universe of approximately 615 thousand people is involved in this production cycle in the rural setting, reaching a gross income of R$ 5.0 billion. (Source: Afubra).

Good for the countryside, better for the town. In the 2014/2015 crop year, according to a survey conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, production reached 692 thousand

metric tons – of this total, 51% was produced in Rio Grande do Sul, 29% in Santa Catarina and 20% in Paraná, generating some 40 thousand direct jobs in the companies of the sector based in Brazil.

With such production volumes, Brazil stands out in the global scenario, ranking as second biggest producer and, since 1993, leader in leaf exports in the world. Of the total production, 85% is destined for the international market. Clients from all over the globe – 97 countries – are supplied by Brazilian tobacco. In 2015, the exports of the sector reached 517 thousand metric tons and total revenue of US$ 2.19 billion/FOB.

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