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Covid-19: Tobacco Board suspends auction in Karnataka

Mysuru, Mar 23 (UNI) The Tobacco Board has suspended auction of Tobacco across all its 10 platforms in the Karnataka in the wake of the Lockdown declared by the State government to combat the Covid-19 outbreak.
However, the suspension of auction comes at the fag end of the season as barely two million kg of Tobacco was remaining to be auctioned.
The annual auction season of Tobacco, which began in the second week of September 2019, was scheduled to end by the end of March. “We would have completed the auction of the entire Tobacco by this weekend if it had not been for the Lockdown”, said officials of the Tobacco Board.
Out of the 10 platforms, auction has been completed in 6 platforms. Except for the stock coming from the clusters earmarked for the platforms in Periyapatna and Chilkunda, the remaining tobacco has been auctioned.
Against the sanctioned crop size of 100 million kg for the year, a total of 102 million kg had already been purchased, said Tobacco Board officials. About four to five million kg of excess tobacco is attributed to cultivation of the crop by unauthorised growers and authorised farmers cultivating Tobacco in excess of the sanctioned quantity.
Also, the suspension of auction comes at a time when the Tobacco had just begun commanding a better price in view of non-availability of Tobacco grown in China, said President of Federation of VFC Tobacco Growers’ Association of Karnataka Javare Gowda.
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