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Tobacco Board chief warns against illegal farming

The Tobacco Board chairman has warned farmers against planting unauthorised crop. He said the farmers would not be allowed to bring unauthorised produce to auction centres. Speaking to Business Standard, G Kamalavardhana Rao said the board had allowed planting of 175 million kg tobacco for the next season. Though the board permitted over 170 million kg for the just-concluded season, the farmers planted over 230 million kg. This practice is more prevalent in Karnataka. Officially, over 207.58 million kg tobacco was sold this year at Rs 80.06 a kg. In the previous season, the sale was 203.94 ...