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1. We, in the Pakistan Tobacco Board are encouraged by every individual who visits our website as it reassures us, that people from the Local and International market are interested in Pakistani Tobacco.
2. Pakistan Tobacco Board was established in 1968 for “the promotion of cultivation, manufacture and export of tobacco and tobacco products, marketing, fixation of prices and other information ancillary thereto”.
3. In order to achieve the aim of our establishment, we carry out field experiments at our Research Stations through our qualified staff. We take measures in the interest of tobacco industry. Our primary focus is to facilitate the grower by imparting knowledge through field days and workshops at our Research facilities and Model Farms.
4. Approximately 70-75 million kgs of tobacco is produced in Pakistan on a yearly basis. This crop provides jobs to approximately 50,000-60,000 farmers and is a source of livelihood for a labour force of 50,000 in more than 21 factories. Approximately 100,000 persons are indirectly employed through trading in tobacco. In addition, PTB helps to contribute approximately Rs.84.4 Billion to the National Exchequer annually. PTB has helped in earning Rs.1233.86 million in foreign exchange.
5. In order to further develop and seek new markets, a liaison is kept with the Pakistani Embassies and with entrepreneurs through PTB’s bi-annual journal on Pakistan Tobacco. PTB is also an affiliate of the International Tobacco Growers Association.
6. It is my resolve to further develop our research facilities for ensuring improvement in the quality of our tobacco thereby encouraging its export.
7. Pakistan Tobacco Board website includes a “contact us” feature for interaction with us. I take this opportunity to welcome any query, advice or facilitation that may be required from us.
8. Our motto remains “Trusted by the Growers”.
Syed Sohail Altaf
Pakistan Tobacco Board