Andhra Pradesh is the largest producer of Tobacco. Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) is the Head quarters of Tobacco Board. The board was incorporated in 1976 to support the farmers and traders in the view of market demand and production. It has been supporting farmers in all activities like supply inputs (seeds) with the help of CTRI and ITC, supply of Coal for curing tobacco, Pesticides and fertilizers at competitive prices, arranging farm credit to tobacco growers, facilitates Group personal accident policy and Barn insurance policies, moreover auction system to support the farmers with minimum support price and Correct weighment and prompt payment.
Thanks to Tobbacoboard http://www.indiantobacco.com.
Interestingly, the Centre has kept the Tobacco Board in limbo since last year by not appointing board members to manage its affairs. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reportedly directed that the board should be abolished, thereby dismantling the state's interest in the crop.
This is an anti farmer reform as I feel. I strongly protest these liberalisation policies. Is there any political linkage or any lobbying…?. I don’t accept such a bad fate to Tobacco Board. So my dear farmers… we should fight for protect our supportive Tobacco Board
(Courtecy :Times of India)