Heavy rainfall and a chronic lack of sunshine during the last couple of months has crippled the tobacco crop in Mysrur, India — the regions of Periyapatna and Ramanathapura have been worst affected.
Javare Gowda, president of Karnataka VFC Tobacco Growers’ Association, said the yield will likely dip by 20 million kg this year on last years 100 million kg.
Farmers have already harvested 70% of the crop and are facing difficulty safely storing the tobacco leaves in the prevailing weather conditions, Mr. Gowda said.
“There is possibility of damage to the leaves if they are not disposed of soon. The weight and colour of the harvested tobacco leaves could suffer in the prevailing weather conditions,” he added while appealing to the Tobacco Board to advance the auction season, which is scheduled to begin in the second week of September.