Leaf Tobacco

Agriculture forms a major part of Nepal's Economy and is a source of employment for 66% of the country's population. Agriculture accounts for about 39% of the country's GDP. As per the World Bank Report in 2010, 25.16% of Nepalese live below the poverty line. Tobacco has the potential to improve lot of agricultural wage workers who traditionally form one of the poorest households in the country. Tobacco is the world’s most widely cultivated cash crops and it generates more revenues than other cash crops like sugarcane in Nepal. The Farmers who choose tobacco farming in Nepal do so because the crop grows even in poor soils and in difficult agro climatic conditions besides fetching stable prices. Farmers can earn good yield from very small plots of tobacco, enabling them to put tobacco earnings into growing other staple crops.

SNPL's Leaf Development activities presently cover more than 10,000 farmers. The potential of direct employment through tobacco cultivation is more than 3.5 lakhs man days per season and indirect seasonal employment through tobacco buying, stemming, processing, godown management, transportation etc is more than 1.5 lakh man-days per season.

SNPL's support to Nepalese tobacco farmers to construct curing sheds have enabled them to protect their harvested crop from inclement weather and to undertake curing under suitable conditions in order to produce quality tobacco. The country produces approximately 2.20 million kgs of cigarette tobacco with SNPL procuring almost 100% of the produce.