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Delegation leaves for India to fight on behalf of tobacco agribusiness

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Although still not certain of having access to the 7th Conference of the Parties, representatives of a supply chain that brought in more than R$ 5 billion for the farmers in the past growing season, are leaving for India this Thursday, November 3.
November 2016 – A long trip full of uncertainties. This has been the history of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first and only international public health treaty of the World Health Organization. Adopted by the World Health Assembly on May 21st, 2003, FCTC entered into force on February 27th, 2005. A division of the United Nations Organization (UNO), up until now 180 countries have ratified the treaty, including Brazil, second largest producer and biggest exporter of leaf tobacco since 1993. Relevant competitors in the global trade of tobacco, like Argentina, the United States and



Research conducted by UFRGS shows that tobacco farmers make more money compared to the average in Brazil

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The good socioeconomic standard of the tobacco growers became evident in the study. While 80.4% of the tobacco growers fit into classes A and B, the average Brazilian household income barely reaches 22%.
November 2016 – The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, through its Center for Studies and Administration Research, recently conducted a study with the aim to investigate the Socioeconomic Profile of the Tobacco Farmers in South Brazil. Requested by the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco), the research was carried out from August 29 to September 2016, in 15 of the  21 tobacco growing microregions comprised by the Southern Region of Brazil – which corresponds to 94.3%  of all tobacco produced in the region.

Coordinated by Professor Luiz Antonio Slongo, the research relied on support from researcher Lourdes Odete dos Santos and PhD student Rafael Laitano Lionello.



Growing-Up Right Institute presents young rural apprentices in Vale do Sol

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October 2016 – On Friday, 28th October, in the presence of authorities, associate members, partners, family members and press, the Growing-Up Right Institute presented the 20 young rural apprentices of the course “Entrepreneurship in Multi-Purpose Agriculture – Rural Management”, in Vale do Sol. Saint Joseph Community Center was the venue of the event. The lessons of the group started on September 12, at State High School Guilherme Fischer, through a partnership with the 6th Regional Department of Education (6ª CRE), which put at the disposal of the group a classroom, a computer laboratory, auditorium and library. The course also relies on support from the Municipal Secretariat of Education of Vale do Sol, responsible for transporting and providing meals for the participants.

According to the reference educator of the group, Adriano Emmel, the target of the event is to introduce the



Tips for a safe tobacco harvest

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October 2016 – As the Tobacco Growers’ Day is approaching, October 28, the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco) reinforces the directives for safe harvest – which normally takes place from October to February, depending on the region where tobacco is produced – with the aim to avoid the Green Tobacco Sickness.
Brazil was the first country to develop specific tobacco harvesting clothing to prevent the farmer from contamination. The harvesting clothing, which the tobacco growers acquire at cost from the companies, was developed in 2009, when the SindiTabaco hired a consultancy specialized in research, development and description of the technical specifications of the clothes. In 2010 and 2011, a second company was hired, this time for assessing the efficiency of the clothing, its operational safety and the degree of protection against the Green Tobacco Sickness. The study corroborated scientifically that



Young rural apprentices exchange experiences in Santa Cruz do Sul

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November 2016 – Holding youth and farms in high esteem. Promoting alternatives. Offering ways. There are countless objectives to be achieved by the Professional Rural Learning Program of the Growing-Up Right Institute, which, on Wednesday, November 23, brought together the young apprentices of the five groups of the course Entrepreneurship in Multi-Purpose Agriculture – Rural Administration in order to share experiences. Authorities, partners of the Institute and the press followed closely the event, held at the auditorium of the Memorial at the University of Santa Cruz do Sul (Unisc).
The chief executive of the Institute, Iro Schünke, passed on a message of perseverance to the young apprentices. “This is an important moment for the Growing-Up Right Institute, and we have here the fruits of a work that has been pioneered in the rural setting. Once a target has been set,



Pioneering reverse logistics for 16 years

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October 2016 – The Law on reverse logistics did not even exist when the first truck of the Empty Pesticide Container Collection Program began to traverse the States of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. The first collection took place on the 23rd of October 2000, in the district of Rio Pardinho, Santa Cruz do Sul (RS). Since then, 550 municipalities in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina are served by the itinerant collection system whereby the trucks call at 2.6 thousand collection points in the rural setting of the two States, benefiting a universe of 130 thousand tobacco farmers in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.
In Brazil, since 2002, as set forth in Article 53, of Decree 4.074, “users of pesticides and the like should return the empty containers and respective lids to the stores



World Tobacco Growers’ Day will be celebrated in Bahia

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October 2016 – The fourth edition of the event celebrating the tobacco growers’ day will be held in Cruz das Almas (BA), in the morning of the 20th of this month, on Thursday. Celebrated on October 28, the World Tobacco Growers’ Day will be commemorated in advance because many representatives are leaving for India in late October with the purpose to fight on behalf of this important supply chain.
The program has been scheduled to begin at 9 o’clock am, and will consist of special homage to tobacco growing families, along with lectures on the importance of tobacco for the Recôncavo region, given by representatives of institutions like the Federal University of Recôncavo in Bahia (UFRB), Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishery and Aquaculture (Seagri), Agricultural Committee of Bahia’s Legislative Assembly; Agriculture Surveillance Agency in Bahia



COP7 and export hurdles are at the top of the agenda of the Sectoral Chamber

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October 2016 – The final meeting of the Tobacco Supply Chain Sectoral Chamber before the 7th Conference of the Parties (COP7) – which takes place from November 7 to 12, in India – was held on Wednesday, October 19, in Cruz das Almas, State of Bahia. Sérgio Rauber, advisor to Institutional Affairs, and Carlos Sehn, advisor to the Board of the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco), represented the entity at the meeting.
On that occasion, the agenda of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was debated by the group that evaluated the hearings with the ministers and the participation of the sector in the open seminar promoted by the Committee for the Implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (Conicq), at the beginning of the month.
The agenda also included information on labor legislation in force, like the



Corn, bean and grazing land program is to be renewed in the three Southern States

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In the past growing season, SindiTabaco officials estimate that R$ 650 million were injected in the economy from the cultivation of 152 thousand hectares of corn and bean after tobacco harvest.
November 2016 – In the next few days the agreements of the Corn, Bean and Grazing Land Program will be renewed in the three southern states. The program encourages diversification and maximization of the rural properties’ resources. To this end, publicity is given to the advantages derived from the winter crop, whilst promoting crop diversification on the holdings.
These crops after tobacco harvest reduce the costs for producing grains and pasturelands, as they take advantage of residual fertilizers. As a consequence, there could be a reduction in the cost for producing protein (meat, milk and eggs). Other benefits include soil protection against erosion and an interruption to the pest



Radical views and fight against legal industry characterize COP7

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SindiTabaco evaluates the 7th Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, held in India. Some of the themes debated in New Delhi should continue on the agenda at COP8, scheduled for 2018, in Switzerland.
November 2016 – Banned from attending the 7th Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the Brazilian committee that went to India to represent the interests of the tobacco supply chain returned early this week. According to Iro Schünke, president of the Interstate Tobacco Industry Union (SindiTabaco), apart from the negative implications, the result of COP7 was satisfactory.
“Despite the radical view, clearly expressed through the prohibition to access the meeting, along with the declaration of the head of the Framework Convention Secretariat, the result was satisfactory considering that the main points that could affect the production