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Golden leaf


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            Tobacco Board of India has been awarded the Golden Leaf Award at Tab Expo 2019 event in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Key data’s:

  • Tobacco Board of India” has been awarded the Golden Leaf Award for the year 2019 at Tab Expo 2019.
  • The award was received under the category “Most Impressive Public Service Initiative category”.
  • Received for: For its efforts to initiate various sustainability (green) initiatives in Flue-Cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco cultivation in India.
  • Received by: Sunitha, Executive Director of Tobacco Board.
  • The awards under this category are given to a company or institution that introduced a public service programme or educational campaign of creativity, effectiveness to date and best use of resources.

Tobacco Board of India:

  • Government of India under the Tobacco Board Act of 1975, established the Tobacco Board, in place of the Tobacco Export Promotion Council.
  • It is a statutory body working under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • HQ: Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Functions:
    • Regulating the production and curing of Virginia tobacco in India,
    • Improving the yields and quality of tobacco,
    • Facilitating sale of tobacco through e-auctions,
    • Undertaking various grower welfare measures and export promotion of tobacco.

The Golden Leaf Awards:

  • It is an annual award since 2006.
  • Aim: To recognize professional excellence and dedication in the tobacco industry by Tobacco Reporter, an international magazine
  • Awards are granted on an annual basis to companies that have achieved outstanding performance in five categories –
    • Most impressive public service initiative
    • most promising new product introduction
    • most exciting newcomer to the industry
    • most outstanding service to the industry
    • The BMJ most committed to quality award

Previous award:

            Tobacco Board of India won a Golden Leaf Award in the Most Impressive Public Service Initiative category in 2014, for its implementation of an electronic auction system, which has made the marketing of flue-cured tobacco in India more transparent and accountable.

Data to know:

  • Tobacco is an important commercial crop grown in India.
  • India is the world’s fourth largest producer of FCV (Flue-Cured Virginia) tobacco with 88,000 FCV tobacco farmers and their families in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are dependent on this crop for their livelihood.
  • India stands 3rd in production of tobacco and in exports, Brazil and USA are ahead of India.

Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC):

  • It is the first multilateral, binding international treaty on Tobacco, chronic, non-communicable disease.
  • Adopted in WHO’s 56th World Health Assembly in 2003.
  • India is a signatory to the convention.
  • Aim: To eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products – applicable to both smoking and chewing or smokeless tobacco (SLT) – mentioned in Article 15 of FCTC.
  • Signed by 168 countries and is legally binding in 181 ratifying countries.


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