VIJAYAWADA: Tobacco Board chairman K Gopal has exhorted the farmers to concentrate on quality of the crop rather than acreage. There is no increase in authorised crop size for Andhra Pradesh this year also, which is fixed at 172 million kg (mkg).
“As against 172 mkg of authorised crop in AP, 176 mkg was sold as on date and it is estimated that 25 mkg is still available in the market for sale. Efforts are being made to liquidate this tobacco for better price. The average price at present is `119.80, which is higher by Rs 5.50 when compared to that of last year, for the same quantity. The average price of the bright grade is slightly lower as there is an increase in the average price of the low grade when compared to that of last year,” Gopal said.
With regard to the usage of pesticides, the chairman urged the farmers to use bio-pesticides and quality pesticides recommended by scientists. Meanwhile, the regional manager office of the Tobacco Board in Guntur will be shifted to Ongole so as to monitor the tobacco area under Prakasam and Nellore districts in a better manner, since the Guntur area is not producing tobacco, he informed.