Over the years, the tobacco industry has invested heavily to the reduction of active ingredients used in the tabacco production. Through surveys carried out in specialized centers, public and private sector, it was found that this number has reduced in recent years, reaching only 1.1 kg of active ingredient per hectare.
The figures of the sector are so impressive that they make other crops feel jealous. They include very high forest cover rates, 26%, on average, of all tobacco growers’ holdings are covered with forests.
Preservation of Soil and Water
The companies give the integrated growers the guidelines on different soil and water preservation practices. If followed, soil erosion and silting of water courses will be avoided, thus reducing the pollution levels of nearby rivers.
The Empty Chemical Container Collection Program
This first-of-its-kind program has been conducted since the year 2000, through widely publicized pre-defined itineraries, under the support of Afubra, 2.6 thousand collection points in the rural areas of 570 tobacco growing municipalities in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina are visited on a yearly basis.