8 How Tobacco Is Grown

How Tobacco Is Grown

Posted on September 19, 2011 by team


Tobacco plantations in Chilik district of Almaty Province were founded during the times of the Soviet Union, when cigarettes “Kazakhstan”, popular for their quality and aroma, were manufactured. Since then factories have changed greatly: now instead of Kazakhstan cigarettes there are new brands, but the plantations continue to grow tobacco.

Tobacco seeds are usually sown in February and their transplanting in the open ground is carried out in April-May.

The brand of this tobacco is called Nicotiana tabacum. A large plant with long leaves grows up for 1,5 or 2 metres.

Collection of first tobacco leaves begins from the middle of July and lasts till late August, when the leaves start to turn yellow. One bush has about 12-18 leaves, which are gathered by hand, starting from the bottom. A bush with plucked lower leaves continues to grow during several days in order to develop remaining leaves. Then middle leaves are picked, and few days later, the most rich and juicy upper ones.

Workers use gloves and closed clothes to avoid absorption of the tobacco resin in their skin.

It is unprofitable to gather green unripe leaves as they dry for a long time and the raw material turns out very rough.

On this plantation of 6 hectares about a ton of raw material is picked during one leaves collection.

One sack of leaves weighs 30-45 kg.

At first all sacks are collected under a shed, then leaves are laid out and the next stage of binding begins.

Stringing of leaves is the most long and tedious process.

During one day a worker strings 20-25 cords.

During six months of continuous work, he can earn $ 1,000-1,500. Inhabitants of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan specially come here for earnings. According to unofficial data there work 4-30 thousand people.

Hands blacken because of tobacco resin. Besides there is so-called “green tobacco sickness”, when people feel giddy and sick, even red rash may appear because of nicotine absorbed into the skin.

After tobacco leaves are collected in garlands, they are hung in the open air for drying.

Light yellow leaves are considered the highest brand.

Reddish-brown color is the second grade, blue and green – the third, black and green – the fourth and the lowest brand concerns to green leaves.

via karla_nur

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8 Responses to “How Tobacco Is Grown”

  1. Mr. Fox says:

    “During six months of continuous work, he can earn $ 1,000-1,500.”

    Wow!

    And how much is a pack of cigarettes from there???

  2. CZenda says:

    I do not think you would like the result. After all, it is easier to buy organic tabs like “Manitou”.

    • yojimbo says:

      Does the OP think that organically grown tobacco is going to less harmful to him than the kind sold by companies? If so he is sadly mistaken if anything the “home grown kind is more than likely worse in particular if not using a filter with a filter it is marginally less harmful than the manufactured kind.

      Smoking anything is one of the worst things you can do to your body even weed I dont care what it is it all does long term damage to your mouth lungs and thought not to mention your heart.

  3. Verto says:

    Cigarette is dangerous to Health ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    Specially Russian Made ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    1 cigarette of Camel and 2 packets of Russian cigarette are equal ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  4. gooberpea says:

    Working with the leaves is addictive… Literally. People rarely miss more than one day of work, because they start withdrawal symptoms, unless they compensate by chain smoking.

  5. Satan says:

    You can get radiation poisoning from working around tobacco during certain weather conditions.

  6. Leigh says:

    90-95% of most of the worlds tobbacco is Genetically modified to kill a beetle and catapiller that eat it. Unfortunately the chemicals produced in the plant by the Gmo Genes are also smoked by consumers. Tobbacco is considered to be a “sacred plant” by many cultures, so should be treated with respect. Its also very effective as an internal treatment to get rid of intestinal worms by eating small amounts (one or two ciggies’ worth). My great grandmother and great grandfather both smoked roll your own tobbacco.. died in their late 90s. If you could grow your own, i would say that would be the best stuff to smoke. Unfortunately it is illegal to grow here in Australia, you get into more trouble than if you were growing pot.

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